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LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 09:43 PM

Catalytic Converter Replacement in California
 
1999 Jeep Wrangler SE (2.5L I4)

So about three months ago, my Catalytic Converter started making a rattling sound. At first i thought maybe it was just hitting something, but i checked and it was far away from any other metal surfaces. I searched online and i believe my catalytic converter is giving out. My problem is that I live in California. As most of you know, California is incredibly anal about these things, as most catalytic converters are 49 state only. My question is, what are my choices here? I don't want to go to the dealership and pay closer to $1000 because I'm a college student and I don't have those funds. Should I just buy an aftermarket cat and hope they don't check visually on the inspection? I know they will though. I'm at a stand still here; luckily, smog isn't due for another 6 months, but I'm trying to plan ahead. My preference is under $300. Any opinions would be great. Also, hows the install on catalytic converters?

DevilDogDoc 12-04-2012 09:46 PM

I got mine at Napa for $140 a couple of years ago, I ordered it online and had it delivered to the store for free. Or just walk in and order one.

LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 3068084)
I got mine at Napa for $140 a couple of years ago, I ordered it online and had it delivered to the store for free. Or just walk in and order one.

Did you install it yourself?

DevilDogDoc 12-04-2012 10:04 PM

No local muffler shop burned it on for me for $40.

LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 3068144)
No local muffler shop burned it on for me for $40.

Ah, so its 50 state legal and passed smog? Good to know, ill check that out.

Moabrubi 12-04-2012 10:08 PM

How many miles do you have? I'm pretty sure the warranty for the cat is something like 100k miles. Mine got replaced for free.

LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3068156)
How many miles do you have? I'm pretty sure the warranty for the cat is something like 100k miles. Mine got replaced for free.

I have 109k unfortunately. And i thought it was 8 years or 80k?

Moabrubi 12-04-2012 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by LouieDelTorchio (Post 3068184)
I have 109k unfortunately. And i thought it was 8 years or 80k?

Mine had around 60k when I had it done? I'm not sure, but it's worth check into if you don't have to pay for it :D.

LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3068229)

Mine had around 60k when I had it done? I'm not sure, but it's worth check into if you don't have to pay for it :D.

Haha very true. Im positive my 109k wont allow it though. Lucky :punk:

DevilDogDoc 12-04-2012 10:41 PM

Yeah mine smogged wonderfully a couple weeks ago.

Jeembro 12-04-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi

Mine had around 60k when I had it done? I'm not sure, but it's worth check into if you don't have to pay for it :D.

Yeah it's 80k miles 8 year federal emissions warranty. Have you replaced the O2 censors?

LouieDelTorchio 12-04-2012 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeembro (Post 3068289)

Yeah it's 80k miles 8 year federal emissions warranty. Have you replaced the O2 censors?

Is that question directed at me? If so, i have never replaced them, and im not sure about the previous owners.

Moabrubi 12-04-2012 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeembro (Post 3068289)
Yeah it's 80k miles 8 year federal emissions warranty. Have you replaced the O2 censors?

Good to know.

Not sure if you meant me but I haven't replaced the sensors as it passed smog with flying colors. The PO may have but I haven't checked into it. I've thought about replacing them due to crappy mileage, but when the smog guy is surprised at how well it did I figured that's not the cause.

Jeembro 12-05-2012 07:42 AM

The reason I ask, when I had bad O2 censors, it was causing my catalytic converter to throw codes and act funky. I got them replaced (they aren't covered under the warranty) and it fixed everything.

DevilDogDoc 12-05-2012 08:46 AM

Mine rattled on shutdown since I had bought it and I accidentally discovered it was the cat. It smogged just fine a few months before I replaced it but when it was cut out all the catalyst material fell out in chunks. Never threw a mil though..,

Jerry Bransford 12-05-2012 11:20 AM

Magnaflow is a very good source for Calif. compliant catalytic converters. http://m.magnaflow.com/02product/california2.asp

LouieDelTorchio 12-05-2012 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3069716)
Magnaflow is a very good source for Calif. compliant catalytic converters, at least they were when I bought one 8-10 years ago for my '97 TJ. m.magnaflow.com = The Official Mobile Site of MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust

Would that be california legal and pass smog (visual inspection)? Sorry for the dumb questions, im just cautious.


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