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Old 16-Sep-2010, 01:23 PM
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Unhappy Metal flakes in the tailpipe...



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here's the issue. i walk out to my car today and notice some shine INSIDE my flat-black exhaust..

upon closer inspection [and a dab of the finger] i notice that i've got metal flakes in my exhaust pipe. i started my car to see if i can spot/hear the issue, and the only thing i found was that at low rpms/ while accelerating slowly, there is a slight rattle that sounds like it's coming from where my cat sits.

PLEASE tell me this could be the culprit...
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Old 16-Sep-2010, 01:33 PM
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Most likely just various bits of the exhaust system deteriorating... The core of the cat could possibly be breaking up...
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Old 17-Sep-2010, 11:43 AM
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i've now noticed a considerable loss of power and my gears feel shorter..

any more advice because i'm stumped..
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Old 17-Sep-2010, 12:29 PM
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^I think your cat is dying... It's probably plugging up. Does the car sound different then usual?
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Old 17-Sep-2010, 12:39 PM
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Yes. It does sound different.

Is there any way to fix a plugged cat or will I just have to get a new one?
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Old 17-Sep-2010, 01:24 PM
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Best thing to do is replace it. Don't buy oem, they are WAY over priced. Go with an aftermarket replacement. The one I have is a universal cat from a company called Emico Technologies and was only $100 to buy it from a local shop.

You can go with magnaflow or other high flow cats for around $100 but you may run into problems when it comes time for an emissions test...
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