How to Fix Car Scratches

Getting your car scratched is certainly annoying, considering the expenses and repair work to be done. There are many people who, even with a small scratch on their car, go to the repair shop and get the scratch fixed. Such people need to understand that if the scratch is minor, they can do the repair task themselves. If you decide to mend car scratches yourself, you can surely save on professional repair costs. However, if the car scratches are pretty severe, you then need to go to the garage to get them fixed.

Tools Needed for Car Scratch Repair
Like in any other Do-It-Yourself (DIY) task, you would require certain materials and tools for fixing car scratches. These essentials include a quality car-wash solution, clean and soft cotton cloth, sandpaper, undercoat, retouch car paint, and most importantly, the car color VIN number. The VIN number, available on the windshield, is very useful in determining which color shade is suitable on the car’s surface.

How to Fix Car Scratches
If you want to get rid of car scratches, the first step you need to take is to give your car’s VIN code to the paint shop dealer, who will tell you which color shade will accurately match the car’s original color. Also, confirm it with the dealer, whether your car’s paint is enamel based, and if it is, ask him what kind of undercoat to use. It is suggested to choose a suitable undercoat, which can be easily overlaid by the retouch paint in just a single coat.

Now, the next step would be to wash the scratched surface with a car-wash solution to remove any dirt or wax coatings, which can affect the proper application of new paint. Sand the scratched surface with a sandpaper, for getting rid of any rust present. Wipe the surface clean and dry with the soft cotton cloth.

After cleaning the scratched surface, you need to apply the undercoat. But before applying the undercoat or primer, use a masking tape to cover the surroundings of the scratched surface which is not to be repainted. Spray the undercoat on the scratch and leave it for drying overnight. After the undercoat dries out, you then need to spray the retouch paint. After the retouch paint dries out, the car surface would seem as it was before the scratch.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Car Scratches
There are several determinants for finding out the approximate cost of the project, such as how big and severe the scratch is, what kind of paint is to be used, how much time the scratch has been on the surface, etc. Considering all these aspects, typical expenses can be $25 for minor scratches, to a few hundred dollars for major scratch removal projects. In severe cases, you can also be charged around $400. The above determinants are only for a professional scratch repair job. If you want to determine DIY costs, you primarily need to take into consideration the retouch paint, which is normally available at less than $10. The total DIY cost can go up to around $45, inclusive of all expenses of undercoat and retouch paint. Those thinking how to fix car window scratches can purchase a glass polishing set, which is generally available at about $30.

If you’ve got your car’s surface scratched, it is recommended to take action as soon as possible, as there is a possibility of rust accumulating in the scratches, and the rust removal may substantially add up to the overall cost. For severe scratches, it is better to take your vehicle to the car repair shop. After reading these tips, I hope you’ll decide to fix car scratches yourself.

Tips to Make Your Old Car Feel New

Tips to make your old car feel new

Are you a car owner who doesn’t feel good and excited looking at your car because it has become old? It can happen to the best of us, especially if you are just starting out in life. I remember the first car I bought was a used ’99 Chevy Cavalier. It was in fairly good condition, but being fresh out of college meant maintaining the car wasn’t one of my top priorities. Subsequently, my old car became an embarrassment whenever I took my girl out on a date. The easier option here would have been to get rid of the used car and opt for a new one. But that’s when a good friend of mine, who happens to be an auto mechanic, suggested some tips that would make my old babe look just like new. So, here I will be sharing those tips, that will surely help all of you who want to be proud of their car, and are looking for ways to spruce up an older car.

Okay, I do agree that in order to turn back the clock the direct option is to replace all the broken/faulty parts. Now, this option can set you back anywhere between a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand bucks. For those who can’t afford that much, don’t worry. Even if your budget is low, you can make your old car look new by following the money saving options mentioned here.

First and foremost, no matter how old, banged up, or rusty, a really clean car is always going to look better than a car that is covered in dust and dirt. So, a thorough wash is a nice way to get started. A point to remember here, much like us humans, the condition of a car is always judged by looking at its exterior. In any case, that is the first thing visible while looking at a car. Hence, when going for a car makeover we shall work on the outside first and then on the inside.

External Makeover

Remove Dents and Repaint
The car’s paint is its protective shield against the elements, but as time ticks by all sorts of nicks and scratches appear. Being the first recognizable and visible part of the vehicle, our first objective is to make the exterior look as new as possible. This can be done by spray painting a fresh coat (starts from $1500). No matter how tempted you are to paint your car, you shouldn’t try it unless you have some professional painting experience. Else your car will probably end up looking worse than it is. Also, a banged up car with dents is an eyesore. A professional dent removal job can restore the original curves on your car. Now, a 1-inch dent can cost you anywhere between $50 to $100.

Money Saving Option
If your car has minor scratches, you can touch them up with paint pens ($4 to $20) that you can find for sale at most automotive supply stores. But be sure to get exactly the right color. Although paint pens can do a good job covering up small scratches, they are not meant to cover large areas. Likewise, for small dents, try a DIY dent-removal kit that is available on the market. But remember such kits are effective only for small dents, and might require some skill. The kits can cost anywhere between $20 to $150.

New Headlights
Unlike glass headlight covers used in older cars, plastic headlight lenses turn yellow and become foggy and look worn out after as little as three or four years. UV radiation from sunlight turns them yellow or cloudy, which can also become a potential safety hazard. The end result is that this makes your car look old. Getting a new pair of eyes will surely lighten up the look of your car, not to mention the better illumination at night and in foggy conditions.

Money Saving Option
Use cleaning kits (around $20-25) specifically designed to clean plastic headlight assemblies. The best ones will contain a cleaner as well as an UV protector. It is not necessary to remove the headlights from the vehicle to clean them. You don’t need special tools or skills, either. The entire cleaning routine may take around 30-45 minutes, but the result is better looking and brighter headlights.

New Set of Wheels
One of the most neglected part of a used car is its wheels. Since it is an old car, tires are bound to wear, and rims tend to rust and accumulate dust and dirt. Opting for a fresh set of wheels will surely lend a new look, not to mention the other benefits of using fresh tires. Upsizing or choosing larger wheels can go a long way in changing the look of the car. Larger wheels are instantly noticeable and also provide certain benefits like a better grip and a smoother ride. You can also opt for alloy rims to complement the look of your car.

Money Saving Option
Use a tire cleaning and dressing kit ($20-80) to give your tires and rubber trim an exceptionally brand new look. Why opt for expensive alloys when plastic hubcaps look just the same. Sleek looking plastic hubcaps (around $30-100) can give your car a sportier look and even become your personal style statement.

Internal Makeover

Change Floor Mats and Carpet
Carpets get loaded with ingrained mud, sand, and debris that cling to our footwear. Coffee or soda spills can also stain the carpet and ruin the nap on it. Floor mats and carpets really take a beating and can become worn out after a reasonable amount of time. Luckily, most auto stores sell floor mats and carpets ($30 to $100 for 4-piece set) in a variety of colors and styles to fit your fancy.

Money Saving Option
Excavate all the trash splayed all around and vacuum the entire floor. Use a carpet cleaner spray ($5 to $20) to remove tough stains. Soak the mats and carpet (if wash-proof) in warm water for half an hour and then shampoo them thoroughly.

Change Seats and Upholstery
Foam could lose its form over the years and this might end up being uncomfortable. Have it replaced and invest in a good back rest and neck-pillow. Seat covers are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and are one of the most dramatic ways to impact the interior. Perhaps best of all, they come in thousands of colors and fabric combinations. Seat covers can be ordered with emblems or logos on them, so you can even show off your team spirit or school pride.

Money Saving Option
Opting for car seat covers in the preferred choice of material and color can add a dash of color and style to otherwise drab interiors. If your upholstery is in relatively good shape, then opt to wax and buff the seats using a good wax polish ($5 to $20) and a portable buffer attachment. A little bit of elbow grease is sure to bring about a marked difference to the look of your car interior.
Polish Dashboard and Fix Console
As time goes by, the plastic on the dashboard and steering wheel becomes dull and may need replacement. The glass on the speedometer might have scratches. Knobs, switches and indicating lights on the console also cease to function properly over time, and may require replacement or repair. If worn out, you may even choose to get a new customized steering wheel, or replace certain sections of the dashboard if they are cracked or damaged beyond repair.
Money Saving Option
Use a dashboard cleaner fluid ($10-40) and a microfiber cloth to wipe the surfaces clean. Do not directly spray the fluid on to the surfaces as they tend to leave a stain. Use small brushes and cotton swabs to clean hard to reach spots. Coating these surfaces with UV protector is a good way of ensuring that the dashboard and console are protected from cracking up or getting discolored due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.* The prices given above can vary according to location and availability.

Some More Tips

✔ Use deodorizers that eliminate odors from mold, smoke, and other causes, rather than merely masking them. You can also try eliminating odors from the air blowing ducts by spraying odor eliminator into the system’s air intake.

✔ Bluetooth integration, navigation systems, video monitors, DVD players, and a host of other gadgets lend a snazzy look and feel to the car. Moreover, all this stuff can be installed in just about any car or truck, regardless of its age and condition.

✔ Clean and polish your car’s windshield (and other exterior glass) with plain water and old newspaper. Unlike soft cloth or paper towels, newspaper doesn’t leave lint.

✔ To help restore a license plate that is beginning to rust, spray it with a good anti-rust (like WD-40) and wipe with a clean rag. Not only will this eliminate light surface rust, but will also prevent the plate from rusting further.

✔ While using water and soap to clean under the hood, be particularly careful to keep water away from electrical connections like the fuse box, cable junctions, and the large electrical connectors near the battery.

With just a few supplies and a little bit of elbow grease, shaving five years off the look of your car isn’t that difficult. It is still much better than coughing up a few thousand bucks for a brand new car. What’s more, making an older car look like new can pay dividends, worth up to 50 percent more than a car which is just fairly maintained.

Fuel Pump Replacement Cost

If you have proper knowledge of all the parts of a vehicle and know how to replace a fuel pump, then you just need to invest a bit of time and the money on buying a new pump. However, if you are not confident about the procedure, then you should take your vehicle to a mechanic and get the problem sorted out.

Here, we’ll have a look at the reasons a fuel pump stars giving problems, the signs in a vehicle that point toward this issue, and the cost of replacing this part in a vehicle.

Reasons Leading to Damage
– One of the most important reasons for damage to a fuel pump is rust and dust. Contaminated particles sometimes bypass the inlet filter sock (the device filtering dust and contaminated particles) and infiltrate the fuel pump to cause a jam in it. As a result, it breaks down and the motor also gets overheated.
– The most common problem with electric fuel pumps is that they experience wear and tear on the roller gears, brushes, armature, bearings, and pump vanes. This results in loss of pressure, thereby leading to decreased engine performance.
– Another reason leading to damage to the fuel pump is inadequate supply of fuel in the vehicle for a long time. Fuel actually acts as a lubricant as well as a coolant for the fuel pump. Therefore, if sufficient fuel supply is not ensured, then premature damage is inevitable.

Identifying a Faulty Fuel Pump
– If you are facing problems starting your vehicle, there is a good chance that the fuel pump is defective. At such times, you need to check the fuse of the pump. You will either experience trouble starting your vehicle, or it will not start at all.
– If your vehicle has the problem of stalling, that’s another indication of this problem. This is because, there is a fluctuation in the flow of gas to the engine.
– On the flip side, the same problem of fluctuation of fuel flow can cause the engine to surge, and vehicle speed to increase randomly.
– The pump might also be a problem if the Check Engine light is showing on.
– Lastly, if you hear an excessive whining sound coming out from the engine, then there is a good chance that it is due to a faulty fuel pump.

Cost of Replacement
So how much does it cost to replace a fuel pump? This can be anywhere between $300 – $700, depending on the brand, model, and year of the vehicle, as well as your location. This will include the cost for buying a new fuel pump (depending on the model, a new fuel pump will cost anywhere around $150 – $500), and the labor charges, which will be charged on a per-hour basis (most mechanics charge somewhere around $150 – $200).

The model of the car plays a huge role in the cost. It goes on to determine the cost of the fuel pump as well as the labor charges. Here are a few examples. For a BMW 750i, the pump would cost around $475 and the mechanic would charge about $175, resulting in a total bill of $650. For a Kia Rio, the same would be $225 and $125 respectively, amounting to a total of $350. If the vehicle is a Ford Focus, the cost would be $275 and $225, totaling to $500. A Mercedes-Benz CL600 fuel pump replacement would cost $350 and $125, amounting to a total of $475. As you can see, the cost differs considerably according to the make. Also, these are just average costs, and will differ somewhat according to location.

If the nearby parts have also been damaged, then they might have to be repaired too. So, those repair charges will also be included in the final bill, which will then increase. In short, the cost will vary depending on the vehicle model, location the replacement is being done at, damage to other parts, etc. If you are confident enough to buy the pump and replace it yourself, you will save on the labor charges. To help you out, here is how to replace a fuel pump yourself. Basic cleanliness and inspection for contaminated particles in the fuel injection system will actually act as a preventive measure against rupture, and will increase the life of a fuel pump.

A faulty fuel pump needs to be replaced immediately, as it can lead to further problems in the vehicle, damaging other parts, and therefore being the cause of poor performance.

Myths About Car Maintenance

Everyone wants a car that runs smoothly, performs well, is well-maintained, and looks good. And in pursuit of all four, some car owners become so obsessed with maintaining their car, that they actually end up hampering the performance of their vehicle. They also end up spending more on their car, when it’s absolutely not needed.

When we talk about car maintenance, we mean, taking care of the vehicle’s engine, interiors, and exteriors. Maintaining the exterior, involves making sure that the car remains clean, the color fresh, and it looks shiny. Engine work, change of oil, servicing the car, etc., fall under engine maintenance, while taking care of the seats and upholstery, dashboard and controls is included in car interior maintenance.

If ever in doubt about your car and its maintenance, read through the owner’s manual, familiarize yourself with the mechanism and terms used, and then make your decision on which products to use for your vehicle. Compiled in this Buzzle article, are a list of myths that people actually believe in, and follow to the ‘T’, when it comes to maintaining their cars.

Common Car Maintenance Myths

Myth: Oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.
Fact: It is not necessary to change the engine oil every 3000 miles. Auto experts say that if the car is new, it can go without an oil change for at least 7,500 miles. But if your car is old, and is giving you problems, then changing your oil every 3,000 miles makes sense, only if necessary. Always go through the owner’s manual, as it clearly states when you need to go in for an oil change. The miles required for an oil change differ with each car model, but on an average, it is around 7,500 miles. Frequent oil changes do not really do much for the engine, but they certainly inflate your expenses on the car.
Myth: Synthetic oil is the best for all cars.
Fact: Synthetic oil is definitely good for cars, but it is not good for all cars. Older cars that do not give a high gas mileage should not use synthetic oil. The mechanical wear in older cars is much higher than that of newer cars. In the case of the former, there are more chances of an internal oil leakage, and using synthetic oil in these vehicles just ends up damaging the car. Synthetic oil is much thinner than normal oil that is used in cars, because of which, more of it is used in older cars. Since this oil is thinner, it flows more freely, causing the oil to leak out much faster. Synthetic oil is good for new cars, and the oil recommendations are always specified in the owner’s manual. The main reason why dealers insist that you switch to synthetic oil is because it is more expensive than normal oil.
Myth: Using premium gas makes the car fuel efficient.
Fact: The fact of the matter is that, premium gas does not do anything for the car’s performance; it does not clean the engine, improve fuel efficiency, nor is it purer than regular gas. Your car manual clearly mentions what gas is ideal for your car. Most luxury cars need premium gas as their engines are specifically designed to consume that kind of gas, but if you use premium gas in a normal car, you actually end up damaging your car’s engine in the long run. Premium gas is less combustible than regular gas because the former has a mixture of hydrocarbons that make it so. Premium gas is needed in high performing engines like those in supercars. If your car is running fine with regular gas, then stick to it.
Myth: Air conditioners hurt fuel economy.
Fact: Driving with your windows rolled up and the AC in full blast, actually does help reduce fuel consumption. How? When the windows are rolled down, aerodynamically, the drag in the vehicle increases, causing the engine to work harder to overcome this resistance. This in turn burns more fuel. Those living in populated countries that experience major traffic jams will disagree with me. Cars consume more fuel when in traffic. This is because, the driver’s foot is most often on the clutch, as he is driving with a partially-depressed clutch or half-clutch, if he is stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. When the clutch is half-pressed, the engine is still connected to the transmission and hence, fuel is being consumed, as against a fully pressed clutch, which disassociates the engine, enabling it to run on idle.
Myth: You should rev your car in winter to warm the engine.
Fact: Revving the car in winter does more harm than good. Yes, it does heat up the engine quickly, but the sudden rise in engine temperature can cause the cylinder to seize, the pistons to crack, and lead to extra pressure on the crankshaft, valves, bearings, etc. Also, friction increases between the various components in the engine of the car, making them wear out faster. Also, when you rev up your engine, excess gas enters the exhaust and triggers the catalytic converter. When this takes place, the emission filter that is usually made of ceramic melts. Another notable point is, even if you are in neutral and are revving your car, the gears are still turning. Thus, your car’s gears may get damaged.
Other Myths
► Myth: When you are low on brake fluid, you need to fill it up.
► Reality- The main reason your car goes low on brake fluid is when the brakes need looking into. Instead of filling up the fluid, get your brakes checked and take appropriate action.
► Myth: It is imperative to service your car in winter.
► Reality- Servicing and tuning your car should not be based on the weather. If your car needs a check up and service, it should be done regardless.
► Myth: Coolant has to be changed with the oil.
► Reality- Coolant can be changed whenever it goes below the required level. It is just a matter of convenience to do so with the regular oil change or during servicing.
► Myth: Local detergents are good for cleaning cars.
► Reality- Cars have their own specified shampoo, as the chemicals in the shampoo do not affect the paint or the polish used on the car. Local detergents like those used for clothes and dishes, should never be used on cars.
As technology advances, so do the myths involving the working of the machines. Be smart and read the owner’s manual carefully before following any of the ‘advice’ given by so-called car experts.

4 Methods to Siphon Gas from a Vehicle

Warning!
Ingesting gasoline can cause harmful effects like blindness, lung damage, coma, and may even lead to death.
Certain situations may call for siphoning gas from a vehicle. Whether you decide to use a lawnmower, a generator, or simply replace the fuel pump of your car, the first step is to extract fuel from it. Gas tanks filled with ethanol gas frequently need siphoning, as such fuel is known to quickly go bad.
Siphoning gas from a car involves simple principles of physics. In most cases, air is sucked out of a pipe dipped in the tank, creating a vacuum. The gas then flows into the pipe to fill up the vacuum. It falls into the container from the pipe under the action of gravity. As fuel in the tank becomes lesser, it creates a new vacuum, which is filled up by air rushing inside from the tank opening. This air exerts pressure on the gasoline, making it continuously flow into the pipe, until the pipe is raised high enough to make gravity act in the reverse direction.

Siphoning gas from most modern cars is easier said than done. But, since it’s not impossible, there’s no need to lose heart. The various methods to siphon gas from both, older and modern cars, is given here.

Things Needed

– Fuel-approved container
– Transparent plastic hose or pipe
– Cloth
– Vacuum pump
– Screwdriver/chopstick

Manual Suction

► Place the container in which you want to store fuel below the gas tank, after opening it.

► Open the gas tank and insert a long plastic tube inside. To check if it is submerged, blow air into it, and you should hear bubbling noises.

► Create a loop in the pipe, such that the other end is facing upwards. This mechanism helps control the gas flow better while sucking.

► Take the end of the pipe facing you and begin sucking carefully. The transparency of the pipe will allow you to see the gas flowing through it.

► Keep sucking until the gas reaches the bottom of the loop, which should be a foot away from your mouth. Remove it from your mouth and plug it shut with a finger.

► Carefully lower this end into the open container, without pulling the other end of the pipe from within the tank. Once inside the container, remove the finger from the pipe, which will cause the gas to flow into it.

► When you have removed enough gas, or if the container is about to get full, again clamp the end of the pipe shut. Raise this end higher than the level of the tank and unplug it to drain off the remaining gas back into the tank. Fix the lid back on the tank.

With Two Pipes

► Get two transparent plastic pipes, such that one is much longer than the other.

► Insert the longer pipe deep into the tank, and put its other end into an open container placed at a lower level than the tank.

► Take the shorter pipe and insert one of its ends deep within the tank, such that both pipes have one end inside the tank.

► Now, seal the tank opening by plugging a large wet cloth in it. The aim is to make the opening air-tight, despite the pipes going inside.

► Take the open end of the short hose in your mouth and blow air into it. This is relatively safer than sucking gas out of the tank, but for more safety, connect it to a vacuum pump.

► Blowing air inside the tank raises the pressure in it since the opening is sealed. This pressure acts on the gas surface, and forces it out through the other pipe.

► To stop the gas flow, plug a finger on the end of the long pipe, and raise it higher than the gas tank. Carefully release the finger to drain the remaining fuel back into the tank.

With Mechanical Pump

► A vacuum pump works the same way as manually sucking the gas out, but protects the user from ingesting gasoline or its fumes. It’s the best and most reliable way to siphon gas.

► First, identify the input and output ends of the pump. This is vital, as inserting the wrong end will blow air into the tank, rather than drawing gas out of it.

► Place an open container below the gas tank. Then, remove the tank lid.

► Insert the input end of the pipe inside the tank until it gets submerged or reaches the bottom. Then, place the output end of the pipe inside the container.

► Depending on the type of vacuum pump, you may have to press a bulb or turn a squeeze-valve to begin transferring the gas. Some pumps require repeated pressing, while others are automatic.

► When the container is full, close the valve or raise the output end higher than the gas tank, after clamping it shut with a finger. Drain off the gas remaining in the pipe back into the tank.

Modern Cars
► All modern cars come with a siphon-proof filter in the gas tank. This consists of a metal flap which clamps shut and prevents any hose from entering the tank.

► To siphon gas from such a tank, you can either use the manual suction method or the siphon pump method. But for it to work, the metal flap has to be held open using a long object like a screwdriver or a chopstick.

► Using metallic objects like a screwdriver is not recommended, as it can create a spark which can be deadly. In case you are using one, make sure it is grounded with the car body.

► The best option is to wedge a chopstick into the tank opening to hold the flap open. Now, this allows siphoning of gas with a hose. If required, a friend can hold the chopstick in place.

► Some cars come with a ball-shaped anti-siphon valve, which, while allowing gas-filling, does not allow the entry of pipes. The above methods do not work on such cars.

► Many products like the GasTapper are available in the market, which can be used to siphon fuel from cars with ball-shaped valves. They have a thin inlet pipe which passes into the tank through the space around the ball valve, and is connected to a suction pump.

Now that you know how to siphon gas from a car tank, it’s best to understand the dangers involved. Gas is highly inflammable, and the vapors from the open tank even more so. While it is also possible to extract gas by drilling into the tank from below, it’s easy to generate sparks by this method, which is best avoided.

Muffler Repair Cost

Muffler repair cost
Importance of a Muffler
The cylinder of a vehicle’s engine produces a high level of noise due to the combustion of fuel. The job of the muffler is to tone down this noise, and this is done with energy obstructing baffles which bounce off the sound energy.
The muffler of a vehicle can malfunction due to many reasons, right from a broken strap, which may cost as little as $20 to replace, to the whole muffler itself, which can cost as high as $1000. But wait, it isn’t so straightforward. There can be other causes too, which need relevant fixes.
Muffler Damage
If you hear any noise coming from the exhaust system, first check to see if the muffler is properly attached to the exhaust. Sometimes, only the straps that hold it together might have broken. If this is not the case, then the muffler itself might have a problem. The oxygen sensor is an important part of the muffler. Information provided by the oxygen sensor is vital for the electronic controlling unit of the vehicle to maintain proper fuel-to-air ratio. Any change in this ratio affects the number of molecules of unburnt fuel in the exhaust, and ultimately affects the sound waves that are produced within the exhaust system, which the muffler is expected to neutralize. It is a good practice to replace the oxygen sensor after every 50,000 miles of running, since these sensors tend to lose accuracy as time passes by. Clogging of the muffler and rusting are also some common problems.

Problems with the muffler can lead to a lot of inconvenience as the car’s sound levels can exceed permissible levels.
Rusting is the worst problem not only with the muffler but also with the entire exhaust system. It is caused by moisture reacting with the metallic parts of the car. This problem gets enhanced by frequent short trips while driving, as the water vapor does not get enough time to move out of the exhaust, and it cools off to liquid state again, thereby rusting the metal. For those living in the coastal areas, the salt in the water can speed up the rust, causing negative reactions.

Cost of Repair
Before anything else, check your vehicle’s warranty, since mufflers are mostly covered under it. If you have a fair idea about car maintenance, then you can check out the muffler repair kits available in stores as well as on the Internet. Most of these kits come at a price of just around $30. These kits can help you repair a muffler with ease without the need of taking the car to a workshop. Some of the commonly used types of repair kits include – muffler bandage, flexible steel tubing, exhaust pipe, tail pipe sealer, tail pipe bandages, and muffler cement. Most of these are suitable for cars equipped with catalytic converters, the muffler bandage kit being the best for such cars. You can use it for a long duration without worrying about heat damage to the system. The cost of the muffler can range anywhere between $75 to around $1000, depending on the make and model of your car.

On the other hand, if you visit a workstation, the labor charges, taxes, and other miscellaneous charges can be more than double the total cost in the end. A mechanic may convince you to examine the car engine, the entire exhaust system, and some other related parts that may or may not be damaged. In such a case, you will need to pay much more, even if only your muffler is faulty and the other components are fine. The repair cost also varies according to the number of muffler parts that have been damaged. Although the construction and working of the muffler is fairly simple, in most cases, you may need to replace the entire muffler to solve even the smallest problem. With after-market parts and professional help, the total cost can be anywhere between $100 and $1000.

Note: The prices mentioned here are simply for guidance, and actual prices will vary according to the make and model of the vehicle, parts involved, warranty if any, and location of service.

Not only muffler-related issues, but one should not ignore any minor problem in a vehicle, because if left unresolved, it may spread to other parts of the car and end up damaging them too, eventually costing much more.