- 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.