Quick Guide to Fix Your Dodge Muffler
Repairing a faulty Dodge muffler is manageable but may be time-consuming if done alone. It is better to ask for an extra pair of hands to make this task faster and easier. Here are some easy steps to help you restore your vehicle's exhaust system in top condition.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Jack stands
- SAE or metric wrenches
- Electric reciprocating saw or hacksaw
- Penetrating oil
- New exhaust pipe
- Exhaust clamps
- Exhaust hanger
- Ball-peen hammer
- Cold chisel
- Safety glasses
- Work gloves
Step 1:On level ground, park your Dodge vehicle. Using a jack and jack stands, raise the vehicle as high as possible at all four wheels. Securely position the jack stands under the frame of each wheel.
Step 2:Before starting to repair the faulty Dodge muffler, make sure your vehicle's exhaust system has been cooled down. When it is cool already, go under the vehicle with a flashlight to determine the area or part of the exhaust pipe that has been damaged. For most vehicles, there are two parts of pipe. The first part is located between the muffler and catalytic converter while the second part is between the muffler and exit point. When you have identified the part that is broken or has been damaged, get the required part in a reputable automotive shop or repair supplier. You can also get new exhaust clamps and holder as it is easier to replace them than to use the old ones.
Step 3:Organize and lay out all the parts, tools, and the new exhaust pipe in a clean work space.
Step 4:Using a SAE or metric wrenches, carefully take out the old exhaust clamps.Start removing these clamps by gently twisting and pulling the old pipe section to release it from your Dodge muffler. Take out the exhaust hangers from the pipe. Start removing the pipe out from the vehicle. You may use an electric reciprocating saw or hacksaw.
Step 5:Mount in the new exhaust pipe in the reverse order of the removal steps. Carefully position the new pipe into its place under the vehicle. Initially reattach it loosely to the exhaust hangers. Slide the new exhaust clamps over the new pipe. Place the new pipe into position over the old Dodge muffler. Move the exhaust clamps into their appropriate positions and securely tighten the nuts. Go back and make sure to tighten properly the exhaust hangers.
Step 6:Inspect your handiwork. Ensure all connections, bolts, and nuts are tight. Double check the exhaust pipe to ensure that it is secured firmly under the vehicle.
Step 7:Lower your Dodge back to the ground and start your engine. Observe for sounds of exhaust leaks.
For easier removal of bolted connections, you can apply penetrating oil to these parts. In addition, you may use a ball-peen hammer or a cold chisel to release the end of the exhaust pipe that slides over the muffler. Ask for another set of hands to help you position the new exhaust pipe under the vehicle.