Merrillville and Schererville Auto Repair

Operating Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Operating Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Operating Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Common Signs of Muffler Failure

The muffler in your car is the part that helps to "muffle" the sound of your car's exhaust system. The exhaust system is very important overall - it helps make sure that harmful gas emissions from your engine are converted into less harmful ones, and that they are properly released into the air. The muffler reduces the noises caused by the engine and exhaust system. Without one, your vehicle would be extremely loud.

Since mufflers are often exposed to moisture and heat, they can wear out or fail after a certain period of time. They can also become damaged due to a car collision or hitting road debris or curbs. Muffler issues don't just make your car noisy either - driving with a bad muffler can actually affect your engine's performance, causing a decrease in fuel efficiency and slowing down the emissions process.

So if your muffler is failing, what are some of the tell-tale signs?

  • A strong or unusual smell in your vehicle can indicate a hole or other damage to the muffler
  • Your car is extremely loud, more than usually
  • You notice a decrease in your fuel efficiency
  • Your engine is misfiring
  • The check engine light has turned on
  • Your car is slow to accelerate
  • You notice banging or knocking noises coming from underneath your vehicle
  • Your exhaust pipe is hanging low

At the first sign of any of the symptoms listed above, bring your car to the experts here at our auto repair shop for muffler repair. Driving with a bad muffler or exhaust system can damage your engine and can be a risk to your health. We will help repair the problem and get you back on the road. Call M&M Car Care Center Inc today!