4 Signs of a Worn Muffler

worn mufflerMuffler Inspection in Bothell

Ignoring a worn muffler will only lead to a snowball effect of car problems. Of course, not every car owner recognizes the signs of a worn muffler or even know what this vital component does. We’ll explain its purpose and how to recognize the symptoms of a failing muffler.

What Is a Muffler?

A muffler is part of the exhaust system. Its role is to muffle the noise emanating from the exhaust process, hence the name. This part also removes exhaust gasses from the vehicle. Like any other auto part, mufflers wear over time. Fortunately, a damaged muffler gives off signs that it’s no longer operating the way it should.

Symptoms of a Failing Muffler

Our auto service always looks for these signs of a worn muffler when diagnosing a car.

1. Loud Noise

Your vehicle will sound louder than usual when the muffler begins failing. Aside from the higher volume, also listen intently for any rattling noise. This may be a sign of a muffler that is loose or nearly detached.

2. Exterior Damage

Raise the vehicle with a jack. Get under the car and visually examine the muffler. Look for visible signs of damage, such as rust or holes.

3. Fluid Leak

Is liquid seeping from the muffler? A little bit of dripping is normal and no cause for alarm. However, if you notice multiple puddles under the car, then you have a problem.

4. Foul Odor

Do you smell exhaust fumes in the cabin? Mufflers direct fumes out of the car; fumes making their way inside can be life-threatening for the driver and passengers. Pull over immediately and have the car towed to a nearby auto repair station.

We Repair/Replace Worn Mufflers

Bring your vehicle to Bothell Way Garage if you suspect muffler damage. We repair and replace mufflers for all makes and models, including classic cars. A worn muffler not only inhibits car performance but may also pose a safety hazard.

Muffler Inspection and Replacement

Serving Customers in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Brier,

Kingsgate, Lake Forest Park and Juanita

Posted on March 14, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business