Tools Used to Replace a Muffler
Did you know that a muffler can be restored multiple times before your entire exhaust system needs to be replaced? Knowing when to have work done on it is just half the battle. It requires the right tools, skills, and patience. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun weekend project. Before taking anything apart, it is best to understand the signs that your car is giving to tell you that it needs serious maintenance.
Depending on the damage, you may not need to replace an entire pipe or muffler. It may be certain parts of your exhaust that are causing loud noises or an odor. Regardless of the issue, there are specific instruments you will need to have. Before we get into the repair tools that are used to replace a muffler, first let’s take a look at the steps to take beforehand.
Tools for Custom Jobs
First, you will need to make an assessment of the situation. Closely examining the area will help you discover any holes or cracks. To do so, speciality appliances are required. Sometimes your muffler may be salvaged with just an exhaust repair putty that can be found at any auto repair store. This is a great cost-efficient quick fix. If that is not an option for you, and you will be replacing the muffler, you will need to get yourself a vernier caliper. This is an instrument that is used to measure the size of the worn out area that you want to repair. It is more suitable for custom mufflers and exhausts.
Sometimes cutting out the problem areas are easier and more affordable than replacing the entire muffler. Using exhaust adapters can fix the damaged section and spacer pipes will get the job done as well. These are used to adjust the dimensions of your pipe. If you need the pipe to be bigger or smaller, these instruments will take care of that.
If you are looking to replace and fix a bent pipe, look for a pipe shaper tool get it back into its original shape. For a project like this, you will need your basic muffler clamps and bolts that are appropriate for your muffler type. It can be tricky working with custom mufflers because they are made with specific details in mind. You can purchase an exhaust pipe expander to adjust the diameter if the size you need cannot be found at a repair shop.
If an entire pipe needs to be bent back into shape, using a pipe expander set would be more appropriate. These kits come with different sizes by using a rod to expand the pipe to your desired size.
Common Tools for Common Repairs
If you don’t have to customize pipe sizes or use special putty to fix imperfections, factory bought mufflers are a lot easier to handle because they are one size fits all for your model. However, if the muffler you are replacing can be bought new, the process is as simple as removing and installing. This project still requires tools, but ones that are more easily available than mentioned above.
Whether you’re replacing or repairing, you will need a floor jack. It’s going to be pretty hard to get under a car if it’s not slightly off the ground! A wire brush is great to have on hand so you can use this on areas you want to prevent rust. Don’t forget about the gloves and eye goggles! You’ll want to protect your hands and face when dealing with gases, rust and any other potential leaks.
Lastly, a cheater bar or breaker bar is essential for both factory or custom muffler repairs. It is basically a wrench-style bar that grips onto sockets to remove nuts and bolts. This is needed for removing the exhaust collar, which is a device that holds the muffler onto the car.
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