Top Reasons Why Muffler Repair Is Important

March 17th, 2017

Your exhaust system does a lot more than just keep your vehicle’s noise down. It directs toxic exhaust gasses away from and behind the vehicle so that they can’t enter Exhaust Repair in Bloomington IL the passenger compartment, for starters, and it does a lot more than that.

--A faulty exhaust system can be enough to trigger a trouble code in the engine’s computer, illuminating the Check Engine light on the dashboard and hurting fuel economy and performance.

--A failed muffler can be enough for your vehicle to not pass an emissions test and inspection.

--The engine is designed for a certain amount of back pressure, or resistance to exhaust flow.  A failed muffler and low back pressure can result in a burned exhaust valve or other problems.

Since the  70s, catalytic converters have been part of every vehicle’s exhaust system. The catalytic converter looks like a muffler, but it’s a separate part of the exhaust system. The catalytic converter usually lasts the life of the vehicle, but a failed unit can be enough to cause rough running conditions or even prevent the vehicle from running at all.

Are you noticing more noise from your vehicle than before? How about a vibration that can be felt through the seat back or floor, maybe only while idling with the transmission in gear? Vibration can be due to loose or broken exhaust pipe hangers and other pieces of hardware in the system.

One thing is for sure…a failed muffler is a bigger problem than just having a noisy car. It can result in engine damage, poor fuel economy, poor performance, heightened emissions levels and other problems. Don’t just put up with a noisy car and failed muffler! Make an appointment with us at Don Owen Tire and we’ll put your vehicle up on the rack to get a look underneath and see what the exhaust problem is. We’ve got trained and experienced techs who can address your exhaust issues, make the necessary repairs and get you back on the road again in a quiet and safe vehicle! 

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