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hair growing in strange places? well I guess the car is becoming a teenager..

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Old 07-15-2011, 09:07 PM
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Default hair growing in strange places? well I guess the car is becoming a teenager..

Just driving home this evening when the car's sound changed and I noticed a bit of a loss of power... got home and noticed hair coming out of the exhaust pipe!

I obviously did a google search and found that its the sound dampening material from the muffler, but damn was it a weird sight!

Here's the Car Talk guys discussing it:

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1996 Honda Accord that runs great. However, this morning, coming back to my car in a parking lot, I noticed some long hair or fur hanging out from my exhaust pipe. I removed some of it, and a kind gentleman pulled more out and thought he got all of it. After driving 60 miles back home, I parked the car in the garage and noticed a lot more hair/fur hanging out of the same exhaust pipe. It is long, soft-black/gray/white hair or fur. I noticed a foul smell in the trunk as I was getting the groceries out. What could this be, and how did something -- an animal of some kind -- get in there? I am afraid to touch the car again. -- Linda

Tom: What you've got is something we refer to as muffler hair, Linda. It seems to be unique to Hondas. At least, those are the only cars we've seen with flowing muffler locks.

Ray: Honda apparently uses some sort of insulation in its mufflers that looks an awful lot like human or animal hair. It's not hair. It's probably fiberglass, or some such thing. It's used to keep the baffles in the muffler from rattling when the muffler starts to get old and the parts loosen up.

Tom: But when the interior of the muffler really begins to disintegrate, the baffles no longer hold the insulation (i.e., muffler hair) in place, and it gets pushed out the tailpipe.

Ray: This leads to a fair number of blood-curdling screams coming from people's garages when they go out in the morning and think Grandma has been stuffed up the tailpipe.

Tom: So, it means you need a new muffler, Linda. In the meantime, try putting it up in a bun or something so it doesn't look unruly.
 
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