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Even today’s newer cars have mufflers as part of their exhaust systems. As long as cars have combustion engines, they will require some type of exhaust and muffler system. A muffler not only reduces the noise level created by the engine, but it also plays a major role in diffusing the toxic fumes away from the passenger cabin. Thus, it is just as important to keep up on regular maintenance for your muffler as for the rest of your car.

Wondering how to know if your muffler is bad? Here are three of the most common, but important, warning signs that it's time to have the exhaust system inspected:

  1. Increase in the exhaust noise level - When the muffler is working properly, your car should run relatively quiet. However, if something is wrong, the noise level will increase dramatically.
  2. Reduced gas mileage - Well-tuned exhaust systems typically produce the best fuel efficiency. If you're filling up your tank more often than usual, but your driving habits have stayed the same, could be a sign of a muffler problem.
  3. The smell of exhaust fumes - If you smell exhausted fumes inside your car's cabin, there could be a leak in your exhaust system. Your muffler should be funneling these fumes outside and away from your car; but if they're going inside the car, they can be fatal over time. Have your car’s exhaust system checked out as soon as possible.

If you’re noticing any of the above signs of problems in the exhaust system, don’t procrastinate! You really won’t save money as a minor problem can easily and quickly turn into a much larger and more costly problem.

Need to know more about how to know if your muffler is bad? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Rum River Automotive for more information about mufflers and exhaust systems and to schedule an appointment. Since 1997, our auto shop has served vehicle owners in Princeton, MN and in the surrounding areas of Milaca, MN, and Zimmerman, MN.

How to know if your muffler is bad? The mechanics at Rum River Automotive are happy to answer your questions about exhaust systems and mufflers.
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2019

Even today’s newer cars have mufflers as part of their exhaust systems. As long as cars have combustion engines, they will require some type of exhaust and muffler system. A muffler not only reduces the noise level created by the engine, but it also plays a major role in diffusing the toxic fumes away from the passenger cabin. Thus, it is just as important to keep up on regular maintenance for your muffler as for the rest of your car.

Wondering how to know if your muffler is bad? Here are three of the most common, but important, warning signs that it's time to have the exhaust system inspected:

  1. Increase in the exhaust noise level - When the muffler is working properly, your car should run relatively quiet. However, if something is wrong, the noise level will increase dramatically.
  2. Reduced gas mileage - Well-tuned exhaust systems typically produce the best fuel efficiency. If you're filling up your tank more often than usual, but your driving habits have stayed the same, could be a sign of a muffler problem.
  3. The smell of exhaust fumes - If you smell exhausted fumes inside your car's cabin, there could be a leak in your exhaust system. Your muffler should be funneling these fumes outside and away from your car; but if they're going inside the car, they can be fatal over time. Have your car’s exhaust system checked out as soon as possible.

If you’re noticing any of the above signs of problems in the exhaust system, don’t procrastinate! You really won’t save money as a minor problem can easily and quickly turn into a much larger and more costly problem.

Need to know more about how to know if your muffler is bad? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Rum River Automotive for more information about mufflers and exhaust systems and to schedule an appointment. Since 1997, our auto shop has served vehicle owners in Princeton, MN and in the surrounding areas of Milaca, MN, and Zimmerman, MN.

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