It might happen gradually or it could occur all at once, but a noisy muffler is more than just an embarrassment as you drive down the road. Sometimes the problem begins as a small hole that barely makes any additional noise. This can make it easy to overlook the fact that there is a problem until the hole is larger and the noise is louder. In other cases, there might be an incident where the muffler is dislodged partially or fully and it begins to make noise. Regardless of how the problem occurred, if your vehicle has a noisy muffler, you need to have it examined by a trained mechanic as soon as possible. 

Carbon Monoxide

The most problematic issue of a noisy muffler is the fact that it likely has a leak or hole in some area. Another possibility is that there might be a crack in the seam between two pipes or a pipe and the muffler. These points of entry could allow lethal carbon monoxide to escape the exhaust system and work its way into the passenger area of the vehicle. Because carbon monoxide is both odorless and colorless, it can easily enter the passenger area and never be detected until it is too late.

Breathing in even minute amounts of this gas could cause a range of systems in just a couple of hours. Dizziness, nausea, choking and headaches could be experienced by those in the passenger section of the vehicle. Eventually, they could fall into a stupor that proceeds death. While people in a vehicle with the windows rolled up are the most vulnerable, even rolling the windows down does not combat the dangers of carbon monoxide. 

Other Effects of a Noisy Muffler

If you notice a loss of power when operating your vehicle, it could be due to some issue with your exhaust system. A blocked pipe or a crack in the seam between a pipe and the muffler can compromise the smooth operation of this vital system. You also might notice a reduction in the fuel economy that your vehicle exhibits if it has a noisy muffler. If the baffles have been crushed or a pipe has cracked, lower fuel economy is likely to be experienced due to the break in the system. 

AA Auto Tech is your Hastings, Minnesota area auto service provider. If you are driving around with a noisy muffler, give them a call today to make an appointment to have it thoroughly examined by their team of professionals.