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:
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?
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.
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.