4 Signs of a Muffler Problem

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Your muffler plays a very important in role in the safe and functional operation of your vehicle's exhaust, which is a complex system comprised of the exhaust valve chamber which leads to the exhaust headers, then to the exhaust pipes and catalytic convertor, then on to the muffler and out the tailpipe. One important function of the muffler is that it works to direct exhaust gases away from your engine and passenger cabin. Because exhaust fumes are dangerous, it's prudent to always make sure that your muffler is doing its job in this regard. In addition to that, a properly functioning muffler will help to diminish the noise that results from the exhaust being directed to your tailpipe. You don't want to be that guy on the road with the failing muffler and obnoxiously loud car. If you suspect that you might have issues with your muffler, you'll want to promptly visit a mechanic for diagnostics. Here's a look at four signs of muffler failure.

Loud Noise

The loud racket could be a result of an exhaust leak stemming from your muffler. If there's a hole in the muffler, the leak that ensues can greatly increase the level of noise that is produced by your exhaust system.

Misfiring

Not just the muffler, but any failing component of your exhaust system can actually cause your engine to misfire.

Decreasing Fuel-Efficiency

Problems with your muffler and exhaust system can force your engine to work harder, requiring it to burn more fuel. While there are other issues that can cause a reduction in gas mileage, this is one possibility to consider.

Condensation from Exhaust Pipes

When your muffler is cooling off, air condenses inside it. Over the course of time, that moisture can wear away at your exhaust pipe and muffler shell. This can result in rust, leading to exhaust gas leakage. If you can see that abnormally high quantities of condensation are coming from your exhaust pipe, then your muffler may need replacing.

If you're in need of exhaust repair, be sure to get in touch with a reputable auto shop. For exhaust repair in Chico, CA, the experts to contact are at Boradori Automotive. Boradori Automotive also specializes in custom exhaust. Go ahead and give Boradori Automotive a call today for all of your repair and maintenance needs!

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