I just got back from Midas (motto: “You won’t pay a lot for that muffler”) with an estimate for almost $650.00 to get a new muffler. Yikes! This is what it cost me to have my timing belt replaced, and that involves (I’m told) a high degree of engine dis-assembly & re-assembly so it’s very labor intensive.
Here’s the breakdown:
Exhaust Pipes (close to end of useful life) - $180.00
Muffler (close to end of useful life) - $300.00
Tail Pipes (customer request) - $30.00
Clamp (necessary component) - $8.00
Labor - $67.00
“Close to end of useful life”?? The thing is clearly blown! Blind pedestrians take cover when I drive past them for fear of low-flying helicopters. Tail pipes I could do without- that’s just the chrome decorative tips that dropped off some years ago.
There is also something in the summary section identified as “Enviro/Supply” that is going to cost me another $30.00. What the heck is that? (yes, I should have asked when I picked up the car but I was in a huge hurry, so I just stuck the estimate in my pocket & said I’d be back next month to have the work done.)
Isn’t a muffler just a resonant chamber shaped to cause sound waves to cancel out? Why does it cost $300 to do that? Does a Prelude require some sort of special high-end gold-plated diamond-studded muffler?
I am reasonably capable when it comes to doing my own light-duty maintenance on my car. I can take a 100 disc CD changer apart & put it back together with no trouble. Shouldn’t I be able replace a muffler especially considering it sits right on the outside of the car (you don’t really have to take the car apart to get to it, do you?).
Are there any special skills or tools required? I suspect that some welding might be required, which I don’t know how to do.