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Honda Del Sol Muffler

Usual Problems You Will Experience on the Honda Del Sol Muffler

You should expect your Honda Del Sol muffler to wear out as it ages. Because like all components, it's subject to the everyday wear and tear of driving. And should you experience a noisy, hanging, or rusted muffler, here are some troubleshooting tips to help you properly deal with them:

Rumbling noise

If your muffler is broken, it will most likely produce rumbling or low-pitched sounds as you drive. These noises can be a driving discomfort and can even be a source of embarrassment. Should you hear odd sounds coming from your car, immediately check your muffler. Because once you let a broken muffler operate on your car, you can bet that this will make your driving experience bad. To avoid this, replace your old muffler with a new one. After all, what's the use of a muffler when it's the one that's making so much noise?

Loose and hanging components

You're driving on the road when you suddenly hear a loud metallic screeching noise as you continue to move forward. You stop and check under your car and get shocked to find out that a component is already hanging loose. This scenario isn't far from happening, especially if your muffler straps or exhaust hangers are either loose or broken. If this happens on your Del Sol while you're on the road, you need to get your car towed to the nearest repair shop because fixing it yourself on the side of the road can be quite dangerous. That's why it's also important to check if the straps or hangers are still intact to prevent your muffler from hanging and scraping against the concrete. Should you find them to be showing signs of damage, replace them immediately. Keep in mind, also, that prolonged screeching may result to a heavily damaged muffler.

Rusted ends and pipes

Overtime, your muffler may rust and corrode as it gets exposed to dirt, water, and road salts. The muffler ends, especially the pipes connected to it, can be easily covered with rust spots that tend to spread to nearby areas. If left unattended, you may just find your exhaust pipes and muffler with multiple cracks. If you have these on your Del Sol, it's best that you start scraping all the rust off from them until they look clean. In the event that there are cracks on your ends and pipes, you can patch them up with muffler concrete that should prevent any leakage.

  • How to Keep Your Honda Del Sol Muffler Exterior Clean and Shiny

    Although your Honda Del Sol muffler is hidden underneath your car, you still need to keep it clean as it's always exposed to smoke, dirt, and other harmful particles that can damage its surface. While it can be difficult to clean the muffler's interior, you can easily clean its exterior though. Just take note of these cleaning tips to help you maintain a good-looking muffler on your car:

    • Wipe off the surface.
    • You can use a dry towel or a lint-free cloth to remove dirt and excess soot. But since your muffler may be chrome or aluminum finished, you may choose to use a non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching its surface. Just make sure that you completely wipe all areas and that you remove all signs of dirt.
    • Mix soap and water.
    • You can mix one teaspoon of dishwashing soap with a bucket of warm water to wash your muffler. This makes the solution not too strong as the soap is completely diluted in water. Also, warm water helps soften any dirt or grime that has stuck on the surface over a long time.
    • Use a sponge or scrubbing pad.
    • You can wash the exterior of the muffler using a sponge first. Gently rub the sponge on all areas and cover the muffler with soap suds. If there are still grease and tough stains left on the surface of your muffler, it's best that you use a scrubbing pad. However, you should remember to just apply gentle pressure and make light strokes while you scrub the grease and stains off the surface to avoid damaging your muffler. Keep in mind that the scrubbing pad is abrasive, so you should be careful not to scratch the chrome or aluminum coating. Also, this will prevent corrosion as it usually starts on scratched metal surface.
    • Polish the metal.
    • You can polish your muffler with any polishing compound to make it look shiny and new. Just buy any metal polish you can find in auto supply stores. However, make sure that you get the polish that is designed for the material of your muffler. That's why it's important that you first know whether your muffler has an aluminum or chrome finish. And when you're applying the polishing compound on the metal surface, don't forget to use a non-abrasive cloth.