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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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Car Maintenance: 3 Signs the Muffler Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced

Tracy Arnold

The muffler on your car's exhaust system performs an essential job. When the engine is running, high-pressure gas is being constantly forced through the exhaust system; this creates vibration and noise. The muffler on your car is designed to insulate the exhaust system and to stop this noise from entering the environment. Below is a guide to 3 signs that you need to have the muffler on your vehicle repaired or replaced.

Increased noise levels from the exhaust system

As stated in the introduction, the primary job of the muffler is to muffle the incredible noise generated by the exhaust system of a vehicle. Therefore, one of the main warning signs that your muffler is malfunctioning is a sudden increase in the volume of the car when it is running. As soon as you notice the strange noise, you should pull over to one side of the road in a safe place. Exit the car but leave the engine running. First, listen to the engine to rule out any mechanical problems at this end. Then move around the car towards the exhaust. If the volume of the noise increases as you approach the exhaust, it is likely the muffler is faulty.

Strange smells in the car when driving

You may also notice a strange smell in the car when you are driving. While a malfunctioning car could produce a range of unusual smells, it is essential that you pay attention to any that smell like the fumes from your exhaust pipe. A broken muffler may be ejecting exhaust fumes into the interior of your vehicle. The gases contained in the exhaust fumes may make you feel unwell or lightheaded and could place you at serious risk of harm. You should immediately pull over and contact a mobile auto mechanic.

Visible damage to the exhaust system

As part of your periodic inspection of your vehicle, you should check the integrality of the exhaust system. As you trace the exhaust pipe from the engine towards the rear of your car, you should pay particular attention to the muffler. If you spot any signs of corrosion or rust, you should ask a mechanic to carry out a repair or to replace the muffler.

If you are having problems with your vehicle, you should book your car into the nearest auto repair shop. A mechanic will be happy to inspect your vehicle before carrying out any necessary work.