How to Remove a Muffler


Jack the car up on jack stands or car ramps to permit easy access to the muffler and exhaust pipe. Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery before starting muffler removal.


Apply penetration oil to muffler clamp nut and all fittings, as chances are good these fittings are coated with some rust due to the car being driven through rain puddles and snow.


Cut the pipes leading to and from the muffler with a hacksaw if the muffler is welded or if the nuts are not adequately loosened for removal after being sprayed with penetration oil.


Use an impact wrench to remove the nuts from the muffler hanger. Let muffler drop down to loosen it from the rear mounts.


Pry the muffler from the rubber straps holding it in place with a pry bar and remove. Inspect rubber straps to make sure they are not worn; if so, replace them before installing the new muffler.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never re-use a muffler clamp. Always use a new clamp when installing a new muffler.
  • Always wear safety goggles or glasses. Rust and other debris can fall into your face when you are removing a muffler.
  • Never attempt to remove a muffler on a car when it's just been driven-the exhaust system can be hot. Allow car to cool before removing muffler.
  • If your muffler has a hole in it or you've hit something in the road and knocked the muffler loose or completely off, you know it by the loud noise your car then makes. A muffler deadens the sound of combustion the exhaust system makes. If you need to install a new muffler, you must remove your old muffler first. Follow these steps to do so.