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Depending on your car make and model and depending on your exhaust system, the repair cost to a damaged or broken exhaust part can vary a lot – post phoning the repair almost always will cost more than ordering the repair promptly.
The exhaust system does more than keeping your car in silence. It helps the engine to work properly; keeps the efficiency of fuel consumption and reduce pollutant emissions.
Here are some useful things to know if you suspect your vehicle needs a repair in the muffler or any other part of the exhaust system:
One of the most obvious symptoms is a deep and low sound coming from your car. When this happens, it is time to take it to a mechanic. Having the exhaust system repaired before the noise turns too loud, offers a high benefit to you.
Waiting too long to have the repair done may make it cost more. That because keeps driving with a bad muffler or a bad catalytic converter may bring damage to other parts of your car. Don’t think about turning on the radio to silence the muffler. Have the problem fixed by a professional. It will save you money in the long run.
The catalytic converter is one of the most expensive parts of the system. In some vehicles like SUVs and trucks, it can be stolen by scrap metal thieves. If your catalytic converter is stolen, you will immediately notice a loud sound and an erratic functioning of your car when you start it.
A malfunctioning catalytic converter may sound like a shaking box full of pebbles when your car is idling. If you notice any of those problems, schedule an appointment immediately. If you notice a new vibration or loss of power when driving, have the exhaust system verified by a professional. You can notice the vibration when you touch the steering wheel or the pedals.
Just like the vibrations, a sudden spike in gas consumption is a signal something is wrong. When there’s a hole in the exhaust system, your engine works harder, thus increasing gas consumption.