Muffler and Exhaust System

 

Here are some tips to help you understand your muffler and exhaust system.

 
 Hearing a Vibration?

 

If you hear vibrating when your car is running or if it experiences a loss of power, bring it in for an exhaust inspection. Let the shop know where you noticed the vibration coming from: your steering wheel, operating pedals, or even the seat. This symptom could be a result of a hole, disconnected part, or a leak in the exhaust system. The problem may or may not include a rumbling sound  that depends on the size of the damaged area. The vibrations are not just signaling a problem with the muffler or exhaust. They are also signals that your motor is likely not performing at peak levels.

 
A Failing or Failed Catalytic Converter

 

The catalytic converter is the most costly part of your exhaust system. If your catalytic converter begins to fail, you will hear loud sounds. A failing catalytic converter sounds like someone shaking a metal box filled with pennies while your car is in idle. You may also notice your check engine light is illuminated.

 
Increase in Exhaust Volume

 

A deep rumbling noise coming out of your exhaust pipe is an obvious signal that you have a muffler or exhaust issue. Having it repaired quickly is the best option. Delaying needed muffler or exhaust repairs causes other exhaust & engine problems that make repairs more expensive.

 
Fuel Efficiency

 

If you notice your regular fill-ups aren’t getting you as far as they used to, take your car to a local service center for an inspection. As with vibrations, loss of fuel efficiency might be a sign of a car exhaust system problem. Exhaust leaks makes your motor work harder, which requires more gas.