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Time For a New Muffler

Jul 31, 2008
For individuals who are not car experts, knowing when and what is wrong with an automobile can sometimes be confusing and frustrating. However, with a little of research, which can be done online, at the library or at your local bookstore, there are ways to tell when certain parts of your car are either breaking down or are not performing optimally. Another option is obviously to take it to a car shop. However, this may be costly and at times, car shops will suggest that you get things that you don't need. Now, this isn't to say that one should avoid car shops, because obviously they are very necessary and to get a final diagnose, you will need to visit a car shop. However, having some idea of what might be wrong with your car before taking it in will help you make better decisions when it comes to what you agree to have done, which may ultimately save you money.

One common car problem involves the muffler. This is probably one of the easiest problems to diagnose, because there are generally some really strong, telltale signs. This article will take a look at symptoms that will let you know when it's time to get a new muffler.

The muffler is vital to your car. It does a couple of very important things, it makes your drive, quieter and it also helps to stop emissions from coming into your car. This is very important because this can be extremely dangerous especially if you have small children or people with lung ailments in the car with you. What makes this is especially dangerous is that often times the gas may not smell very strong and you may not even realize that it is coming into your car.

One of the first things that you will notice when your muffler starts to have problems is that it is very loud. If you fail to get it looked at and fixed, than the sound will only get worse and this is a sign that the problem is in fact, your muffler. Having a bad muffler is more than just dealing with embarrassing and annoying, loud sounds. It is also is a very serious safety issue. Fumes coming from the tail pipe that come into car can be deadly. People have actually died from inhaling these emissions and not knowing that they were being poisoned.

Some signs that exhaust from your tail pipe are entering your car is that it many cause occupants to cough and their eyes to water. If small children are constantly falling asleep, this can also be a sign that exhaust is entering the car. This is very dangerous. Mufflers that need to be fixed will emit these gases into the air as well. A good working muffler will help clear out other gases, so that it doesn't pollute the environment as bad.

You will also get poorer gas mileage when you have a bad muffler. In fact, you could end up spending twice as much for gas. This should be extra motivation to get it fixed, considering the high gas prices. If you notice that there are fumes coming from your muffler, as well as loud sounds, you need to go and get it checked out as soon as possible. This is because not only is the sound annoying and loud, but the fumes can be very dangerous to people in the car and the environment, if left unchecked.
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