Car is a Civic VTi 99. After taking back from garage following radiator replacement I found that it sounded quieter, less crisp, less peppy and vibrant than before.
I thought the engine may have been damaged from overheating, however car has since been investigated, ignition checked, compression tested and dynoed and results show a healthy engine producing close to factory BHP. According to the dyno tester the Dyno graph suggest no symptoms like running rich or lean, exhaust backpressure etc.
This makes me wonder what the problem might be and now I'm thinking maybe while the previous garage was test driving it they hit the exhaust as the car is very lowered and it has damaged the internals of the exhaust somehow leading to the sound changes? Could this happen and if so, how would the internals have been damaged to cause such changes and how can I diagnose this?
Bearing in mind engine, combustion and delivery seem to be fine, could there be anything other than the exhaust which might be causing said issue?