How to Tell If You Need Muffler Repair

Regardless of a car, truck, or sport utility vehicle, they all have a muffler of some sort. It's because they are necessary for your exhaust system. Without a functional one, you'd constantly have to deal with annoying problems. Here are some of the warning signs that may indicate you need muffler repair:

Loud Noises

If your vehicle is a lot louder than average while idling (or even driving), it's a huge sign that you've got muffler issues. You can test this by asking another person to start your car while you listen from the back. If you hear rattling, roars, or other louder-than-normal sounds, you have a damaged muffler.

Extra Exhaust Smoke

Excessive exhaust smoke could symbolize the need for a new muffler. If any thick or odd-colored clouds of smoke erupt from your car, then you should definitely have it checked out by a professional.

Bad Odor

Sometimes using your ears and eyes isn't enough to determine whether or not your vehicle requires muffler repair. Put your nose to the test! Any smoky or gassy smells can mean that your muffler is malfunctioning. 

Physical Build-Up

Black exhaust deposits can collect on your muffler and tailpipe. Regardless of it affecting your muffler or not, you should still have it checked out. If you are willing to get down and dirty, you can slither under your vehicle to take a closer look at the muffler and tailpipe. If there is any black discoloration present, you should plan to make a trip to the repair shop soon for an inspection.


For quality muffler and exhaust system repairs, please do not hesitate to reach out to County Line Auto Service. Our expert team is always happy to help and repair your muffler if needed. Feel free to give us a call at  (919) 335-4011 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle.

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