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The first combustion engine developed by J. J. Étienne Lenoi in 1859 had a small metal reducer on the end of the exhaust designed to reduce backfiring. It was not designed to reduce emissions or sound. Since then, mufflers have evolved and are required components on any vehicle that operates on U.S. roads.

Today's mufflers serve two functions:

  • To reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes
  • To help direct exhaust gases out of the engine

A common misconception is that mufflers are an important part of vehicle emissions. Although there are chambers located inside the muffler that help to break up particulate matter emissions, the emissions control is the duty of catalytic converters. The catalytic converters are installed prior to the rear muffler and reduce dangerous chemical emissions in combustion engines.

When mufflers become worn out, they typically lose their ability to effectively "muffler" the sound of the vehicle's exhaust. Mufflers typically last five to seven years on most vehicles on American roads, but they can become worn out prematurely due to several issues, such as:

  • Exposure to the salt used on icy and snowy roads, or near the ocean.
  • Driving too fast over speed bumps, potholes, or other objects in the road
  • Obsessive use or custom fabrication not recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Condensation from the exhaust pipes rusting out the seams of the muffler rust out and start to leak exhaust gases and noise.

Regardless of the cause, broken mufflers typically exhibit a couple of common symptoms:

  1. Misfiring Engine -- If the muffler has a hole inside the unit and loses its efficiency, it can cause misfiring in the engine, particularly when slowing down.
  2. Exhaust is louder than normal -- Loud exhaust noise is usually the result of an exhaust leak in the muffler. When the muffler is damaged or has a hole in it, this causes the pre-muffled exhaust to leak.

Wondering what causes a muffler to go bad? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about the muffler and exhaust system and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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There are some tell-tale signs of exhaust system issues. If you’re wondering what causes a muffler to go bad, call auto repair experts at Big Lake Automotive.
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2019

The first combustion engine developed by J. J. Étienne Lenoi in 1859 had a small metal reducer on the end of the exhaust designed to reduce backfiring. It was not designed to reduce emissions or sound. Since then, mufflers have evolved and are required components on any vehicle that operates on U.S. roads.

Today's mufflers serve two functions:

  • To reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes
  • To help direct exhaust gases out of the engine

A common misconception is that mufflers are an important part of vehicle emissions. Although there are chambers located inside the muffler that help to break up particulate matter emissions, the emissions control is the duty of catalytic converters. The catalytic converters are installed prior to the rear muffler and reduce dangerous chemical emissions in combustion engines.

When mufflers become worn out, they typically lose their ability to effectively "muffler" the sound of the vehicle's exhaust. Mufflers typically last five to seven years on most vehicles on American roads, but they can become worn out prematurely due to several issues, such as:

  • Exposure to the salt used on icy and snowy roads, or near the ocean.
  • Driving too fast over speed bumps, potholes, or other objects in the road
  • Obsessive use or custom fabrication not recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Condensation from the exhaust pipes rusting out the seams of the muffler rust out and start to leak exhaust gases and noise.

Regardless of the cause, broken mufflers typically exhibit a couple of common symptoms:

  1. Misfiring Engine -- If the muffler has a hole inside the unit and loses its efficiency, it can cause misfiring in the engine, particularly when slowing down.
  2. Exhaust is louder than normal -- Loud exhaust noise is usually the result of an exhaust leak in the muffler. When the muffler is damaged or has a hole in it, this causes the pre-muffled exhaust to leak.

Wondering what causes a muffler to go bad? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about the muffler and exhaust system and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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