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azf100
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3/10/2004
21:25:15

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I have a 99 Club Cab 4x4 5.2L with about 57k on it. A rattling noise is starting to come from the exhaust right where the cat is and a slight scent of rotten eggs seems to be brewing. I was wondering what the dealer needs to see before replacing a cat under warranty since no engine light or decrease in power has shown. Also, will they give me a hard time about the emissions warranty for having a flowmaster cat back system installed? Thanks for the help.



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3/10/2004
22:07:41

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I have 38000 miles on my 99 CC and I have the same problem. I havent notice any difference in performance. Its not covered under warrenty (i am not sure though), but the cost of a cat converter from Dodge is prolly the cost of a full cat back sysytem.

Zack



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3/10/2004
22:31:13

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Well, the emissions warranty is controlled by the government and is something like 80k. Dealers are required to replace faulty emissions equipment.



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3/11/2004
16:56:28

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Your cat is covered by a 9yr 80k mile federal emmisions warrenty.

If it's rattling that means it's loose and needs to be replaced. I put replacing mine off for a year and got stranded while 3 hrs away from home. Not fun...

Check out the thread intitled ALMOST STRANDED.



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3/11/2004
16:58:26

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BTW, when the dealership replaced my cat I had a flowmaster cat back system on the truck and they didn't say a word.



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3/11/2004
17:05:34

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Thanks for the info. Is there a way to make sure that it is indeed the cat that is rattling? I don't want to end up paying a diagnostic fee for the dealer to tell me it is a small exahust leak somewhere. I mean, I am almost sure that the cat is making the noise since the noise just started and people are telling me my truck is louder than usual. Thanks



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3/11/2004
17:13:04

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Well there really isn't anyway of checking if it's loose (that I know of) other than taking the system apart.

The rattling was very noticable when I was under a light load... say sitting in my driveway and just touching the gas a little bit. It didn't always make it either... it came from directly under the passenger seat (obviously)

If your exhaust has gotten louder then it might be a leak. Mine actually got more scilent as time went on. When it was replaced and I heard my flowmaster growling like a fool I almost wet my pants :)



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