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Mufflers are required components on all vehicles that run on U.S. roads. The job of the muffler is to reduce exhaust system noise and to help direct exhaust gases out of the engine away from the vehicle. When mufflers become worn out, they are no longer effective in muffling the sound of the vehicle's exhaust.Unfortunately, because mufflers are most effective when unseen and unheard, they are also “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to maintenance.

Typically, mufflers can last five to seven years on most vehicles. Of course, there are several conditions that can cause a muffler to go bad sooner than that, such as:

  • Driving on salted roads in wintry conditions, or living near the ocean.
  • Hitting potholes, speed bumps, or other objects in the road.
  • Excessive use or changing the design not recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Condensation from the exhaust pipes causing rust in the muffler.

So how do you know if you need a new muffler? Regardless of the cause, there are some signs that either the muffler or exhaust system need help:

  1. Loud Exhaust Noise – A muffler in good condition will operate quietly in the background.Exhaust noise that is louder than normal is usually the result of an exhaust leak in the muffler, caused from a hole or other damage to the muffler, losing its effectiveness in directing emissions away from the vehicle and reducing engine noise. It can actually increase the noise by causing misfiring in the engine, particularly when slowing down.
  2. Decreased Fuel Efficiency – An exhaust system that is working properly will mean better fuel economy. If there is a problem, you will notice that you are filling up the tank more frequently.
  3. Bad odor – This is one of the most dangerous problems of a bad muffler and exhaust system. If there is a leak or other problem, those fumes could be sucked back into your car. This is hazardous for the health of passengers, which could lead to sickness or even death. If you smell anything unusual, have your exhaust system inspected by a certified mechanic as soon as possible.

Want to know more about how do you know if you need a new muffler?Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about your vehicle’s exhaust system and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and surrounding area.

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Wondering how do you know if you need a new muffler?If you’re wondering how that affects the exhaust system, call the auto specialists at Expert Car Care.
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2020

Mufflers are required components on all vehicles that run on U.S. roads. The job of the muffler is to reduce exhaust system noise and to help direct exhaust gases out of the engine away from the vehicle. When mufflers become worn out, they are no longer effective in muffling the sound of the vehicle's exhaust.Unfortunately, because mufflers are most effective when unseen and unheard, they are also “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to maintenance.

Typically, mufflers can last five to seven years on most vehicles. Of course, there are several conditions that can cause a muffler to go bad sooner than that, such as:

  • Driving on salted roads in wintry conditions, or living near the ocean.
  • Hitting potholes, speed bumps, or other objects in the road.
  • Excessive use or changing the design not recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Condensation from the exhaust pipes causing rust in the muffler.

So how do you know if you need a new muffler? Regardless of the cause, there are some signs that either the muffler or exhaust system need help:

  1. Loud Exhaust Noise – A muffler in good condition will operate quietly in the background.Exhaust noise that is louder than normal is usually the result of an exhaust leak in the muffler, caused from a hole or other damage to the muffler, losing its effectiveness in directing emissions away from the vehicle and reducing engine noise. It can actually increase the noise by causing misfiring in the engine, particularly when slowing down.
  2. Decreased Fuel Efficiency – An exhaust system that is working properly will mean better fuel economy. If there is a problem, you will notice that you are filling up the tank more frequently.
  3. Bad odor – This is one of the most dangerous problems of a bad muffler and exhaust system. If there is a leak or other problem, those fumes could be sucked back into your car. This is hazardous for the health of passengers, which could lead to sickness or even death. If you smell anything unusual, have your exhaust system inspected by a certified mechanic as soon as possible.

Want to know more about how do you know if you need a new muffler?Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about your vehicle’s exhaust system and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and surrounding area.

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