FAQs— Honda Muffler
- Any tips on how I can make muffler removal faster and easier?
Apply a liberal amount of penetrating oil on the nuts or clamps that hold the muffler in place. Allow the oil some time to seep through the surface rust unto the threads of the nuts before loosening them using deep wall sockets. Also, it will be a lot easier for you to remove the muffler if you’ll use a Hacksaw or an electric cut-off tool. Just be careful when cutting the exhaust pipe so as not to cause damage to the adjacent electrical, brake, and fuel lines. For your safety, it is a good idea to wear eye protection while using a cut-off tool.
- My Honda needs a new muffler. Someone told me it would be better to have it welded in place. Why is that so? Would it be safe if I do the task without the help of a pro?
It depends on your DIY and welding experience. Welding the muffler creates a more durable and longer-lasting bond with the exhaust manifold. If it’s done right, it also eliminates the problem with leaks on the area where these two components meet. But take note of the words “if it’s done right”, which means you have to make sure that you can weld it properly. You must really be an experienced welder if you’re going to do this on your own to avoid further problems.
- I’m just an average DIYer. Do you think I can pull off a DIY muffler installation project? What type of muffler should I get to make the installation easier?
You will find this DIY project easier if you’ll use a bolt-on muffler. Installing it in place is as simple as removing the old muffler and then putting and securing it in place. You just have to make sure that you’ll use the right seals and you apply them properly to avoid leaks. Also, make it a point that you tighten the bolts or clamps properly so your new muffler won’t become loose and develop leaks as you drive your ride.
- I discovered a hole in the muffler. Can I still drive my car for a few days until I find enough free time to work on it all by myself?
While a hole in the muffler won’t prevent your engine from starting nor stop the wheels from turning, it will give you a noisy and uncomfortable trip. It can be dangerous to you and your passengers as well. The hole can cause hazardous gases like carbon monoxide to leak into your ride’s cabin. You see, even mild exposure to this odorless gas can give you nausea, headaches, and dizziness, and prolonged exposure to this can result in death.
- I’ve been hearing an unusual sound that seems to come from my Honda muffler. What could be causing this?
That “unusual” sound you’re hearing can be an indication that something is broken in your Honda’s exhaust system. Determine what kind of sound it is. If it’s a rattling sound, it can be caused by broken or loose baffles in the muffler. These baffles work to reduce the noise coming from the exhaust system.
- Does my Honda muffler have something to do with my failed emissions test?
Since it is one important component of the exhaust system, yes, your muffler may have something to do with your failed emissions test. The exhaust manifolds are connected to the cylinder heads to collect exhaust gases. From there, these gases pass through the exhaust system, are examined by the oxygen sensors, and then pass on through the catalytic converter where they are refined. It is then the muffler’s task to muffle the sound of exhaust gas flow so that you can have a quieter ride. So if your emissions test turns out bad, it is more likely that one of the mentioned components is not working well.
- I want to tune my exhaust system for better performance. Should I start with my Honda muffler?
It depends on what you want to achieve first. But, when it comes the exhaust system tuning, the muffler is among the components that you can deal with easily. The process will be as simple as removing your stock muffler and replacing it with a high-performance or free-flow muffler. Just make sure, however, that the inlet and outlet pipe of the new muffler you’ll install have the same size as your Honda’s front pipe and tail pipe.
- Water is dripping from my mufflers. Is this normal?
Not all the time. Condensation can cause your mufflers to sweat and to produce beads of water. This is fine. Also, there are some mufflers that are manufactured with a drain hole, so water can really pour out of it. Again, this is just okay. The only time you should panic is when there is too much water dripping from your mufflers and it's coming from different places. If this is the case, then your mufflers might have formed rust which pierced holes into it. To contain the problem before it worsens, have your mufflers checked by a professional right away.
- Is it against the law to drive a vehicle with defective mufflers?
There is no general rule that prohibits you from driving your car if its mufflers are faulty. However, there are rules against loud noises emitted by vehicles, and you know very well that defective mufflers can be boisterous, so if you choose to drive around with all that noise coming from your vehicle, expect some fines and service refusals. A number of restaurants, condominiums, and local associations have strict rules regarding noise pollution, so good luck dealing with them.
- Why is my muffler emitting low and unusual sounds?
If the noises coming from your Honda muffler are like hisses that end with a sudden popping sound, then your exhaust system may be in trouble. The hisses may be coming from a punctured muffler, so it's better if you examine your mufflers for holes and dents. The louder and deeper the noises are, the wider the holes may be. When you spot any form of damage in your mufflers, take your car immediately to the repair center to have them changed.
- I know that defective mufflers can cause noise pollution, but I think I can put up with it for a while. Are there any severe consequences for not having my Honda muffler fixed right away?
Experts advise that you fix your mufflers right away when they're damaged. This is because a punctured muffler can emit hazardous gases like carbon monoxide into your vehicle's cabin area. This gas is a byproduct of the combustion process, and the slightest exposure to it can cause you to have headaches and nausea. Prolonged exposure can even lead to unconsciousness, and in extreme cases, death. Don't compromise your safety. Have your mufflers checked and replaced immediately if you find dents and holes in them.
- Should I address the problems with my resonator the same way that I address problems with my mufflers?
In a way, resonators are like junior mufflers. They are a tad smaller in size and they're situated in the tailpipe close to the muffler, but they perform almost the same functions as a muffler. They silence the engine to prevent it from creating excessive noise. For this reason, it is safe to treat your car's resonators with the same care you apply to your mufflers. You can subject both components to the same tests and tune-ups.