The muffler is part of your BMW X5 exhaust system and is located on the lower end of the rear bumper. It allows the dampening of sound that is produced because of the engine and the emission of exhaust gasses.
BMW X5 muffler not working can be due to age-related degradation, rusting of components, damaged and stuck flaps, condensation build-up, carbon accumulation, and the presence of cracks and holes.
I also faced the issue of muffler failure and heard the loud flushing sound from the exhaust system. In addition, the engine of my SUV also overheats frequently because of the backflow of exhaust gases. The fuel economy of my vehicle also decreased, and I became worried. I went to the BMW dealerships, and they told me that it is better to replace the muffler after 6 to 7 years for the exhaust system and engine to function better.
|Use heat shield
|Rusting of components
|Washing of exhaust system
|Damaged or stuck flaps
|Replace broken flaps
|Drill hole at end of the tailpipe
|Use carbon cleaner or paint stripper
|Presence of cracks and holes
|Fill cracks with adhesives
|Sealant application or replacement of seals
Mufflers allow the removal of exhaust gasses from the engines. In addition, they also dampen the noise that usually comes from the engine.
It is the part of the exhaust system that is vulnerable to high temperatures and pressure. Exhaust gases coming from the engine compartment have high temperatures.
The chances of damage to metal parts increase because of regular exposure to high temperatures. Moreover, the issue also comes because of engine faults.
Overheating occurs because of bad ignition timing, which allows the combustion process in the exhaust system and increases the overall temperature of their components.
Metal can erode because of regular exposure to exhaust chemicals, high temperatures, and pressure. It is recommended to replace the muffler after every 6 to 7 years.
The longevity of these components decreases because of poor maintenance, driving conditions, and road types. You can increase the durability by installing the muffler heat shield.
Heat shields protect the exhaust system components against high temperatures. Checking engine parts is also necessary so they do not cause overheating of exhaust parts.
Rusting of components
Mufflers are made of steel material, which is vulnerable to rusting when poorly maintained. However, these are coated with aluminum to decrease the chances of corrosion and increase their longevity.
These are located near the ground surface and come in regular exposure to road elements. Mud splashes can come on their surface while driving over water puddles.
Water splash exposure increases while driving a BMW X5 on wet roads during the rainy season. Driving in cold areas decreases the longevity of mufflers because of exposure to road salts.
Road salts are present on snowy roads during winter to melt ice and to improve driving conditions. You cannot drive on snowy roads because of slipping chances and poor traction.
Road salts trigger the oxidation reaction when exposed to metal material. Moreover, the undercarriage of vehicles is also vulnerable to rusting because of road salts and mud splashes.
A corroded undercarriage can also damage the muffler and produce holes and cracks. My friend also faced the corrosion issue, and I advised him to apply an anti-corrosive spray and clean the exhaust system with water regularly to remove dust and road salts.
He did the same but could not resolve the problem. He said that rust comes again on the exhaust system’s outer surface after applying anti-rust spray.
I recommended him to check the undercarriage, and it was badly corroded. He treated the undercarriage to resolve the problem permanently.
It is also necessary for you to keep your SUV undercarriage clean so rust cannot damage other components that are mounted in close proximity.
Damaged or stuck flaps
Mufflers contain the flaps at their end, allowing exhaust gasses to be emitted. Moreover, these flaps also protect the exhaust system from road debris, dust, and rain.
Sometimes, muffler flaps become faulty and cannot effectively remove the emission gasses from the exhaust system. You can also face problems when these flaps get stuck in closed and open positions.
They do not remove the gasses and increase the risk of damage to engine components when they get stuck in the closed position. Road elements damage the exhaust system components when muffler flaps get stuck in the open position.
The issue comes from poor lubrication or corrosion on their joining points, which restricts their smooth movement. These flaps can also get damaged because of corrosion and the hitting of large particles from the road.
You can replace these flaps with new ones to remove harmful gasses efficiently. You can identify the failure of the flaps from the growling sound and engine overheating while driving at high speed.
The muffler can get damaged because of a condensation reaction. Moreover, I also faced the issue of water dripping from the BMW X5 tailpipe.
I realized that trapped moisture because of condensation triggered the rusting procedure and caused severe damage. I preferred to take a short drive of 30 minutes and maintain the engine temperature.
Condensation reaction usually occurs because of difference in engine temperature and exhaust gasses that leaves the water and carbon dioxide in exhaust pipes.
Moreover, my friend recommended drilling a small hole at the end of the pipe to drain water and remove entrapped moisture inside the exhaust system.
The working efficiency of mufflers decreases because of carbon accumulation on their side walls. It does not dampen the engine noises because of the carbon accumulation.
The carbon accumulation issue comes because exhaust gasses leave carbon residues there while moving through the tailpipe. These residues decrease the working efficiency of mufflers by clogging their way.
Carbon can also accumulate on their sides when you use low-quality fuel for ignition. Low-quality fuel burning releases more impurities than exhaust gasses with them.
In addition, you can also face this problem because of the use of contaminated fuel with more impurities. People who usually drive their SUVs in city areas face this issue because of excessive carbon build-up on engine parts.
My friend also faced the same problem, and he saw the carbon layer inside the muffler. He used the can of carbon cleaner and sprayed it on the affected surface.
He said he left it for one to two hours for the carbon layer to dissolve. He used the old cloth for inside and outside cleaning.
I recommend using paint stripper and mild abrasive polishes for this purpose, and these are effective because I used them years ago.
Presence of cracks and holes
Mufflers also stop working in your vehicles because of cracks and holes on their surface. Holes can form on their surface because of corrosion and regular exposure to warm temperatures and moisture.
In addition, the issue also comes because of the hitting of small rocks while off-roading. These are located close to the ground surface and are more vulnerable to cracking and damage.
The chance of their damage increases while moving over potholes and speed holes at high speed. You should drive carefully at speed holes so they cannot damage the muffler.
Drive carefully on off-roads to protect the vehicle’s components from rocks and potholes. However, you can use high-quality adhesive materials to fill cracks and holes.
BMW X5 mufflers contain seals at their connection points. The gasket seals are also helpful to connect the muffler and head pipe. In addition, these seals are beneficial for reducing the leakage of harmful emissions and dampening engine noise.
You can hear uneven noises while driving because of damaged seals. Noise comes outside because of damaged seals and causes distractions during driving.
You cannot concentrate on the road because of uneven noise. These rubber seals are damaged because of age-related degradation, corrosion, and exposure to chemicals.
You can patch the affected area with epoxy sealants to reduce the risk of leakages. Sealant application is not a permanent solution; you must replace the damaged seals with new ones.