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Easy Fixes For A Loud Muffler
Learn how to spot a problem with your car's mufflers and how to quickly fix them.
That loud noise that comes from your car is annoying. But is it just a matter of being patient and ignoring it? Or could your car be trying to send you a message so you can drive more safely?
When it comes to noisy mufflers, the latter is more accurate. Those sounds are bothersome and could get you a ticket from the highway patrol, but also they could cause health issues, as they are related to problems in the exhaust system. When a faulty muffler or a dragging tailpipe hits the pavement, it could even create sparks. Combine that with gasoline and the picture is not so pretty.
Hence fixing noisy mufflers is important. The sooner you act, the better. Here are some quick steps you can take to temporarily address the issue.
First of all, do not try to fix your vehicle if you just drove it. Tailpipes can get extremely hot, because fumes from the engine are released from it. Leave your car parked for a while before you act.
Once your vehicle has cooled down, find out if the noise is simply caused by a loose tailpipe. If this is the case, all you need to do is to secure it with an auto clamp. With this method, you can expect to drive around for another month or two.
If you spot small rust holes in the muffler or exhaust pipes, you can patch it with putty, commonly sold at auto parts stores. Also purchase heat resistant cloth to put over the putty patch. If you see holes on pipes that are too close to the engine, do not attempt to patch them with putty. This area of your vehicle heats up too much, so that the patches will not last.
If you see that parts of a pipe have fallen off, always replace with a pipe that has the exact same diameter. This ensures that gases will flow properly through the emission system without leaking.
What if the problem seems bigger than all of the scenarios outlined above? If you see extreme rust or holes everywhere, you must replace your muffler entirely. Especially with rust, it is a good idea to have pipes replaced, as rust has a way of spreading.
It is natural for mufflers to deteriorate, because they are made from sheet metal that will rust over time. You can repair the mufflers temporarily, but at some point they will need to be replaced. If you need help with muffler installation in Pacific Beach, visit this website.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at auto care blog.
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