Keep the Engine Firing while Solving Chrysler Cordoba Muffler Problems
The car's engine and the muffler are located at the opposite end of the car, but really are closely linked. Think of the car, the Chrysler Cordoba for that matter, as a breathing machine. The engine breathes in air that is mixed with fuel, and then breathes out through the exhaust system all the way to the muffler that cancels out the noise before exhaust gases is released into the air. But if the Chrysler Cordoba muffler has a problem, the engine's "breathing" is ultimately affected. Here's how to troubleshoot muffler problems and help keep the engine running smoothly:
Excessive noise coming out of the muffler
If you notice any abnormal noise, such as hissing and popping noise, coming out of your vehicle while driving, chances are, your muffler has a hole. Inspect your muffler for any sign of a hole or holes. You can immediately spot a hole in the muffler if there's smoke coming out of it or if there's black soot covering the muffler. If this is the case, replace your muffler right away. Also look at the other parts of the exhaust system such as the catalytic converter and the exhaust pipe. If you notice a vibrating noise, check the tailpipe and make sure that there's nothing loose or no part is dragging on the road.
No noise from the muffler, but the engine is somewhat losing power
Muffler problems don't necessarily produce unusual noise. Sometimes, a problem in the muffler is translated to loss of engine power, including a drop in fuel economy. If you feel this, your muffler may be restricted. Check if you have a damaged or crushed pipe. In worst cases, the hot exhaust gases that can't escape the engine will result to overheating, lugging knocking, and engine stalling. This can be solved by replacing the crushed pipe or the clogged muffler.
When you hear a clunking noise underneath your car, your muffler is likely hanging. Take a peek under your car to see the problem. You will notice worn out muffler straps (also known as exhaust hangers). Remove it and replace it with a new one.
Maintaining Chrysler Cordoba Muffler in Great Shape
For Chrysler Cordoba collectors, there are no compromises in their car's looks and performance. Both are a priority. That is why when maintaining a Chrysler Cordoba muffler, it is actually talking about maintaining a very important part of the car. It may not seem like much, but it is a crucial element of the car's exhaust system that makes the engine run smoothly and keeps the sound of the vehicle pleasing, which ultimately helps make the ride comfortable.
Check the muffler even if it looks good.
Over time, corrosion builds up inside the muffler. Left unchecked, this will literally eat the muffler from inside out. It is important to check for internal corrosion and not to rely on the condition of the outer shell.
Clean the muffler regularly.
Muffler requires special attention when it comes to keeping it well maintained. Keeping the muffler clean will prevent rust from forming, thereby keeping it in good shape for the years to come. To keep it clean and ward off rust, hose down the muffler to remove dirt that can cause corrosion. If you live in areas with snowy winter or near the sea, salt on the road and in the air can easily corrode the muffler, thus washing it regularly will help prevent corrosion to develop.
Maintain the muffler.
Regularly degrease the muffler. Commercial degreaser or mild cleaner will help keep the muffler rust free. Pay extra attention to the muffler welds and everything that holds the exhaust system together. Dry the muffler after cleaning.
Paint the muffler.
You can paint the muffler to further prevent it from developing rust. Regular paint will only chip off or get burned because of the high temperature the exhaust systems produce. Barbeque paint will work, you know, that paint used to cover your grill. Make sure to clean your muffler first before spraying it with paint.
Check the entire exhaust system.
The muffler is just one part of the larger, multi-part exhaust system. While the condition of the muffler should be regularly checked, you also have to consider other parts of the exhaust system that directly (or indirectly) affects the muffler.