Does your car or truck sound like it has flu-like symptoms? Does it sound like the muffler is coughing? Is it really noisy?
If this is the case, here’s the diagnosis: You have an exhaust problem with your vehicle. The good news is exhaust problems are easy to fix.
To give you a better idea about exhaust problems: If your car or truck is experiencing any of these symptoms below, it may have to do with the exhaust.
- Loud Sounds: If your car’s muffler is sounding louder than usual it may be a sign that you need to replace part of the exhaust system such as the muffler.
- No Exhaust Pressure: If you place a gloved hand over your tailpipe while the car is running and you don’t feel pressure, it likely there’s a hole in your exhaust system. Warning: do not touch a tailpipe on a car that has been running for a while.
- Soot Marks: Get under your car and look at your exhaust system with a flashlight. If you see any black soot marks on the muffler or any exhaust pipes, it means there is a hole in your exhaust system. Make sure your car is off before getting under it.
If you notice any of these signs, it means you may need to repair or replace your exhaust system. Sometimes you may only have to replace the muffler. Other times, you may only need to patch a small hole in a pipe.
It all depends on the age and condition of the exhaust system. If you’re noticing any of these problems, you’ll want to tell your mechanic about them during your next Phoenix car tune up or during your next Tucson car tune up.