It’s always good to have some basic knowledge of the Toyota parts in your vehicle. Today we’re discussing the muffler, what it does, and signs of trouble.

What Does a Muffler Do?

Sometimes the names of car parts tell you exactly what they do. The starter is one good example. The muffler is another. Cars are loud. Even if they’re running exactly as they should, most vehicles are pretty noisy. And, without the muffler, they would be much louder. The emissions process involves getting rid of burnt fumes. These are expelled through the exhaust manifolds, which consist of a series of pipes that end at the muffler. Thanks to the interior tubes inside the muffler, which are designed to reflect soundwaves, the emissions process reduces noise significantly.

3 Signs You Need a New Muffler

You’re Hearing Loud Sounds

If your car is suddenly a lot louder when you drive, there’s a good chance something is wrong with the muffler. A crack or hole could be the culprit.

You’re Smelling Something Funny

In addition to quieting things down, a muffler also filters out fumes. If you’re smelling something foul in your vehicle, the muffler may not be doing its job properly. This is also dangerous, as exhaust fumes are bad for your health.

Your Fuel Economy Has Dropped

Another sign that something could be wrong with your muffler is if your gas mileage has decreased. This can also be attributed to other issues – like an overdue oil change – so it’s important to have your car looked at.

Think something is up with your muffler? Make an appointment with the Toyota service center at Centennial Toyota near Henderson. We’ll figure out what the problem is and come up with the best solution.