Can I Get a Ticket for Driving Without a Muffler?

I was driving down a snow-covered side street when I ran over a snow drift and completely tore off my muffler and the pipe leading to it.  I was aware that my muffler and pipe was quite rusty, however, I thought I could get by.  Now I’m driving a loud car with no muffler.  Can I be ticketed for this and does not having a muffler damage my car?

First, depending on where you are you could perhaps be in violation of a noise ordinance.  However, being cited for a noisy vehicle could is probably just an added fine on a ticket for something else like speeding or running a stop sign.

Next, if you have a regular vehicle, that is one without a supercharger or turbocharger, then your car’s performance is going to be worse.  The back-pressure the muffler creates helps give you more low-end power. In addition, the damaged or missing muffler could be spewing exhaust gas in places where it doesn’t belong. However, you’re not going to damage the engine by not having a muffler.

You can avoid all of these issues by taking your vehicle to the pros at Harold’s Muffler and Car Care.  Harold’s specializes in all type of mufflers and exhaust systems.  We can also custom fit your vehicle no matter the make or model.  Our staff of ASE Certified Mechanics can also offer dependable auto repairs.

Whether it’s a broken muffler, pipe or another car repair issue service mechanics at Harold’s can help your car to perform at its best.  Harold’s Muffler and Car Care is located at 1510 Janesville Street in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin.  Give us a call at (920) 563-8453 or find us on the web at