When it comes to your car, you want to be sure that everything is working the way it should. This includes your muffler and exhaust system, which can cause quite a bit of trouble if there is something wrong with either one. At Mechanic One Auto Repair, we offer thorough muffler and exhaust repairs that will help to eliminate noises, smells, and smoke when you drive. If you think you have a muffler issue, read on to learn about the different warning signs.
The sound of an engine that’s louder than normal could be a sign of a worn-out muffler. The main purpose of your muffler is to “muffle” the sound of your engine, so if it’s not in good condition, those annoying sounds can escape. For some older cars, you can expect to replace the muffler more than once. Listen to your car and be aware of any unusual or extremely loud noises that it may produce. The longer you wait, the louder the sound will become and the more irritating it will be for you and other drivers. Also, keep in mind that an exhaust leak can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide which can not only dangerous but also deadly.
As a rule of thumb, your vehicle should not produce strong smells that you can detect while you’re driving or sitting still idling. If you have a leak in your exhaust system, or the muffler is rusting, gasses begin to leak and can even waft inside your vehicle’s passenger cabin. This can result in a potentially dangerous situation where you could be breathing in carbon monoxide. It’s especially dangerous in the winter when most people drive with the windows up and the heat on.
In many cases, you’ll know you have a muffler or exhaust problem if you see visible rusting or cracks. Be very careful when inspecting this part of your car and wait for the exhaust system to completely cool down before you look underneath for any damage. Look along both ends and the center seam of the muffler as well as where the pipes enter and exit for any cracks or rust. If you suspect you have any kind of exhaust system issue, bring it to us so we can repair or replace any damaged parts.
Bring your vehicle to Mechanic One Auto Repair in Canton, MI or give us a call at 734-254-1300 to schedule muffler and exhaust repair services or any other auto service needs today.