The bottom of your car can take a beating during the winter. Driving over piles of snow and ice and bouncing off the road when you hit a pothole can loosen and damage the straps holding up your muffler. If you see your muffler hanging down, you'll need to take action right away to prevent further damage from happening. Here is how you can re-hang your muffler so the debris on the road doesn't rip it off your car before you can buy new straps.
What You Will Need:
Preparing Your Car
You will usually need to raise your vehicle up so you can slide under it to work on the muffler. Make sure your car is on a flat surface and the shift lever is placed in park before you jack it up – if you have a standard, put it in first gear and set the emergency brake. You should also put blocks behind the wheels on the side of the car you are not lifting to keep it from rolling off the jack stands.
Raising Your Car
Place the car jack along the frame where the slot for lifting the car is located (check your owner's manual if you don't know where this is). Jack up the front end of the car until it is high enough for you to slide underneath the vehicle. Place a jack stand under the frame at the height you want your car to stay. Repeat the process at the rear end of the vehicle. You should now have adequate space to work all along your muffler.
Put on Protective Eye-Wear
Working on a muffler typically causes a lot of small flakes of rust and dirt to fall down on your face. These flakes can get into your eyes and scratch your corneas. Wearing protective eye-wear is highly recommended to protect your eyes.
Tying the Muffler Up
Take the wire and cut it into the lengths you need to wrap it around the muffler and the undercarriage of your car. Place the wire several times around the areas that are sagging on the muffler and the undercarriage to make sure it is well-connected and won't easily break. You can use a regular steel coat hanger if you don't have a spool of wire. Use you pliers to take the ends of the wire and twist them around together so they won't split apart. You are ready to hit the road again once you have tied up all the sagging parts of your muffler.
Should you need help along the way, call places like Walker Rd Automotive Ltd.
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