Today’s mufflers serve two primary purposes. The first is obviously to “muffle” the noise from the exhaust system; the second is to help keep exhaust fumes away from the engine. When a muffler or exhaust system starts to fail, you’ll want to bring your car in for repair as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the signs that it’s time to bring your vehicle to a muffler shop in Williston, ND for repairs or replacement:
- Your car is louder than usual: The first and foremost sign that your vehicle has a muffler issue is if your car seems to be much louder than it once was. As mentioned above, a muffler is supposed to keep your car quiet. Any problem at all with the exhaust system or the muffler itself can drastically hinder the muffler’s ability to do its job correctly. If people turn their heads and look at your car when you’re rolling down the road, it’s probably time to bring your car in. They’re probably staring at you because your vehicle is too loud!
- Your engine is having trouble or misfiring: In order to run properly, all aspects of your car’s engine need to operate in perfect harmony with one another. One of the big components of the engine is the exhaust system. If any aspect of the exhaust system is off, you may notice some performance issues. A hole anywhere along the exhaust system can also cause misfires to happen, usually when you’re slowing down. Make note of any engine performance problems or misfiring sounds you hear, and bring your vehicle into us to be repaired.
- Lower MPG: A properly functioning exhaust system will do wonders to improve your fuel economy. If you seem to be stopping at the gas station more often than normal, there may be something wrong with your system and you’ll need to take your car to a muffler shop in Williston, ND. Our mechanics can take a look at your exhaust system and let you know if there are any issues that could be causing the dip in fuel economy.
- Bad smells: An exhaust system or muffler that’s really on its way out will start to leak fumes. That’s bad for a few reasons. First, nobody wants to be around bad-smelling exhaust fumes. Second, those fumes are incredibly dangerous to your health. Bring your car in for muffler repairs as soon as possible if something smells off.
Although mufflers can often last 40,000 to 80,000 miles without needing to be repaired or replaced, poor road conditions can prematurely age mufflers. Salt placed on the road to combat ice and snow slowly deteriorates your metal muffler. We see a lot of muffler issues this time of year from the damage caused by salt during the winter. Deep ruts, potholes and divots in the road are also hazardous to mufflers.
Call Chaney Total Auto & Exhaust Repair or visit our muffler shop in Williston, ND today and let one of our experienced professionals take a look at your muffler and correct anything that looks amiss. We look forward to assisting you!