You may not know this but the muffler is one of the most important parts of your car. It is essentially the backbone of the exhaust system. Without one, your Porsche won’t be able to control the engine backpressure which is caused by engine valves moving in different directions and colliding as they cancel each other out. Your Porsche will also be extremely loud without a muffler. In a nutshell, there is much more into the muffler than what you see. It even improves endurance as well as engine performance. So how exactly should you maintain the muffler? Read on to learn more.
Identify Common Problems
This is where rust, holes and loose parts come into the picture. Rust happens to be one of the most common problems that affects mufflers. It occurs mainly because the water that sometimes collects inside the exhaust system. If the system does not get hot enough for water to burn off, it will condense then rust. This mainly happens in areas with high rain and snow levels. It gets worse where one lives near the ocean where humidity levels are always high. Fortunately, you can keep the rust problem at bay by simply ensuring the exhaust system is serviced each month.
Loose Parts And Holes
Your exhaust system should be air tight. It may get a hole or two sometimes though. This mostly happens where one hits a pothole or a rock gets kicked up from beneath the vehicle. Before long, the muffler gets a crack. You may not notice this immediately. This just goes on to emphasize how vital regular servicing is, because your mechanic will quickly notice the problem during inspection. The only solution in this case would be to replace the muffler with a new one.
Know The Signs
There are signs you should never ignore when it comes to exhaust system maintenance. Whining sound from the engine is for instance a sign that something is wrong with the muffler. This is usually accompanied by low fuel efficiency. You may also sometimes smell a form of odor coming from the exhaust. This happens because the exhaust is designed to expel exhaust fumes from the car. A leak or even a crack can compromise this function and force the fumes to leak into the car. While this is an easy and affordable problem to fix, it is the last issue you would want to deal with especially if you intend to drive around with friends.
Never Ignore The Check Engine Light
The Check Engine Light can go on for several reasons. What many Porsche owners do not know though is that any problem that forces the light to turn is emission related. So if the light is on, the exhaust system will be affected at some point. Remember that modern Porsche systems come with advanced On Board Diagnostic systems. The light can therefore come on for reasons such as a loose gas cap. But it can also light up for faulty oxygen sensors, bad catalytic converters and engine misfires. The only way to find out where or what the problem is to get the code checked as soon as the light turns on.