The muffler is just one part of a vehicle's exhaust system and it plays an important role as harmful gasses are expelled from the engine, burned off and then ultimately sent out through the muffler and tailpipe. The primary purpose of the muffler is to muffle the sounds being produced by the engine, just as the name would suggest. It's also kind of the final gatekeeper to keep the most harmful exhaust fumes from leaking out.
If your muffler is going bad, you will want to get it repaired or replaced before it develops leaks that can cause health or safety risks. Any damage within the exhaust system can also affect the engine itself, so look out for any signs that there is an exhaust problem. When it comes to a failing muffler specifically, though, here are some of the warning signs you might notice:
1. Loud Noises
As we mentioned, the primary purpose of the muffler is to lower the sound of the engine. If you start noticing that your engine is running really loudly and the sound isn't being muffled as usual, then you may have a problem with your muffler. Loud pops, hisses and cracking sounds can also be associated with a damaged muffler or another problem within the exhaust system.
2. Funny Smells
Another common sign of muffler damage or an exhaust leak somewhere in the system is when you smell it. You may smell the exhaust fumes much stronger than usual or there may be some other sort of funny smells you notice when the car is running. Obviously, exhaust leaks are extremely dangerous and pose a serious health risk to the driver or anyone in or around the vehicle. If you think you have an exhaust leak, get your car checked out by a professional mechanic as soon as possible!
3. Reduced Fuel Economy
The exhaust system as a whole—and the muffler itself—have a major impact on the fuel economy of your car. If you notice that you are getting less MPG than usual, you will want to have the exhaust system inspected. There are many other automotive issues that can lead to reduced gas mileage, so a thorough mechanic will be able to pinpoint the source of the problem.
If you are in the Colorado Springs area and notice any of these exhaust system failure warning signs, bring your vehicle into LightHouse Automotive for a professional inspection and quality repairs. Call us today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your appointment online.