Your vehicle may roar too loud if not for the center muffler that cancels out engine noise. Aside from reducing noise, the muffler also minimizes back pressure, which can affect engine efficiency if there’s too much of it. Unfortunately, the muffler may rust or even fall off the vehicle when it hits an object on the road or when it wears out over time. When the muffler is no longer in great shape and is about to collapse, you should get a suitable muffler replacement.
Different muffler materials
The center muffler can be made of any of these materials: stainless steel, aluminized mild steel, or aluminum. Out of all the options, stainless steel mufflers are the most durable as they resist corrosion, while aluminized mild steel mufflers usually last for about 4 years. Aluminum mufflers are lightweight but might get cracked or warped over time. Some mufflers may also be mixed with fiberglass or steel wool for better sound reduction.
Standard vs. performance muffler
Standard mufflers come with the traditional back box design with chambers and cylinders. These mufflers are designed to bounce around pressure waves for cancelling out noise and to minimize engine heat and improve exhaust flow. They pass smog tests and meet most standards. High-performance mufflers, on the other hand, typically come in a straight steel pipe, which may be designed with louvers or perforations. They can enhance vehicle performance but may not reduce sound as effectively as standard mufflers. The various designs of performance mufflers include the bullet, perforated bullet, louvered bullet, chambered bullet, full case, cherry bomb, multiple baffle, and turbo mufflers. Standard mufflers are best for everyday driving while performance mufflers are best for car owners concerned with speed and vehicle performance in different conditions.
Universal mufflers fit only some vehicle types. They don’t fit all vehicle models. Some of them might require modifications such as welding, cutting, and pipe bending. Look for a center muffler that fits your vehicle’s exhaust system. You may consult the vehicle manual for important details such as the size (length, width, and height), configuration, location, attachment, and other particulars in the design. Some mufflers maintain the stock sound level and factory finish; others provide better options. Direct-fit center mufflers can usually be clamped on with no modifications needed. Make sure they’re precision engineered and manufactured from top-grade materials for reliable structural integrity and good exhaust performance.