The truck’s muffler seems to have been getting louder lately, or perhaps I’m just more attuned to it since getting quieter tires. Either way, I wanted to see what it would cost to have it repaired since I’ll be spending so much time in the truck. I figured if it was over $500, I would skip it, but if it was under $500, then I’d consider it. I had a little extra time today, so I looked for a local shop and picked one near me with a name I couldn’t resist: “The Wonderful Muffler Man“.
… Sometime on Monday …
When I got to the shop, there was a sign in the window that they did free estimates, so that sounded like a good price to me. An older gentleman with the name tag of “Ozzy” with long white hair and a handlebar white mustache steps out to greet me. He grabs a length of tube, a large piece of cardboard and instructs me to start up the vehicle. I start up the truck, he hops underneath, taps something once or twice, and tells me I can shut it off. Yes, apparently it takes only a few seconds to diagnose what I have going on.
Ozzy goes back in the shop, types into his computer for a minute and gives me a quote. $163 for a new muffler, including installation and taxes.
Woohoo! This sounds great to me. I set up an appointment for Wednesday at 2pm.
… It’s now Wednesday at 2:21pm …
I’m in the waiting room of The Wonderful Muffler Man’s shop, and listening to the noises coming out of the shop. If cars had dentists, I’d say my truck is getting a root canal! Oh the noises that come out of there, the metal grinding on metal with high-speed rotary tools… sounds painful. But Ozzy’s in a good mood, I can occasionally hear him whistling while he’s working, which brings a smile to my face. Nice to know he enjoys his work.
… After the procedure …
The truck sounds like a new car! It’s amazing the difference it made. It no longer sounds like it’s going to fall apart when you press on the gas. It sounds more “solid”. I can’t wait to get the trailer hooked up and try it out on the highway to see if improves those noises at all.
I’m really happy I spent that $163. I’m considering spending the money to get the upper ball joints fixed and the stabilizer bar links fixed as well. If I do that, this could start to feel like a somewhat reliable vehicle… what an idea!