As MINI dealers, we like to help our customers get to know their MINI cars, inside and out. MINI parts are important to maintain, especially performance-related parts like mufflers.
In order to know when a car part isn’t working properly, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what that part is and what it should be doing.
What is a Muffler?
Have you ever heard a car coming from blocks away? Improperly-working mufflers (or mufflers that have been altered in some way) may make very loud, pulsating noises. In reality, a muffler is responsible for muffling the sound created by the engine, so when it begins to make noise, you know something is wrong.
What Does a Muffler Do?
Thousands of pulses and noises are created every minute your car is running, thanks to a series of tubes, baffles, and chambers working behind the scenes. At its base, your muffler is using components to reflect sound waves in such a way to cancel them out or create a more pleasing sound.
When to Know if Your Muffler Needs Service
Your muffler could need work after incurring natural wear and tear over time, thanks to elements like moisture and heat. Rust is often a muffler’s worst enemy. If your car is suddenly extra loud, less efficient, or giving off a strange smell, your muffler or another part of your exhaust system could be the culprit. As such, your fuel efficiency may be affected as well.