Replace Your Muffler with a Reliable Muffler Eliminator Pipe
The muffler basically serves as the silencer of the vehicle's exhaust system. They are incorporated in vehicles in order to diminish the noise that results from the powerful force generated as the exhaust gases are trying to leave the system. In the absence of muffler, expect noise to get significantly louder and that would surely attract the authorities. Nonetheless, the engine is enabled to produce added horsepower because the waste that it needs to eliminate is allowed to exit more quickly. The easiest and least costly way to boost this assembly's performance is by replacing the muffler with a muffler eliminator pipe. And here's how to do it:
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Deep socket
- Wooden or rubber mallet
- Box-end wrench
- Chain wrench
- Jack stands
- Safety eyeglasses
- Penetrating oil
Step 1: Prepare all the tools and the muffler eliminator pipe that you are going to use in place of the muffler. This will greatly reduce the time necessary in completing the task, saving you from having to find the needed tool time and again.
Step 2: Find a safe and level place to park your vehicle. A well-lit and well-ventilated garage would already do. If your driveway is level, it will be fine as well.
Step 3: Set your vehicle's transmission in park, and then engage the emergency brake. Ensure that it will not move by putting wheel blocks behind the rear wheels.
Step 4: When you are already sure that the car won't roll, raise its front with jacks, and set a jack stand on both sides. Lower the jack down until the car sits right on the stands.
Step 5: To locate the muffler and begin removing it, you will have to crawl under the car. You will find the muffler right behind the engine and catalytic converter, often in front of the rear wheels.
Step 6: Soak the nuts and clamps that hold the muffler in place by liberally spraying them with penetrating oil. Make sure to spray with it all fittings and joints on both the front and back portions of the muffler.
Step 7: It would take few hours for the oil to somewhat soften the hold of the fittings. Remove the clamps with the aid of a deep socket or box-end wrench. Some cars have flange-joint studs. In removing these studs, you need to be careful enough not to break them.
Step 8: Break any sealer by tapping around the muffler connections with a hammer. Twist it up and down toward the rear of the car to try to loosen it. Strike with a wooden or rubber mallet to force the muffler off the pipes.
Step 9: Use a chain wrench to twist the pipe connections apart with the smooth side gripping the pipe's surface. Also remove the tail pipe from the muffler.
Step 10: Get the muffler eliminating pipe, and slip its inlet end over the end of the front pipe. If the pipe has tabs, make sure that they firmly sit in the connector slots of the muffler eliminating pipe.
Step 11: Position the U-clamps over the slots of muffler eliminating pipe connectors. Adjust to fit well, and then tighten the clamps. Check for exhaust leaks, and apply sealer to joints as necessary.