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Old 11-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Cat converter has cracked on my 2006 2.5i. What is my best coarse of action? There is no e check in my area I have no check engine light. Go after market? Junkyard cat? Well?
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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Forgive my ignorance, is there only 1 cat on the NA 2.5?
Check out a junkyard.
Put up a WTB
Put in a straight pipe.
Learn to spell course.
Go to an exhaust shop.
Buy aftermarket.

Lots of options.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Forgive my ignorance, is there only 1 cat on the NA 2.5? Check out a junkyard. Put up a WTB Put in a straight pipe. Learn to spell course. Go to an exhaust shop. Buy aftermarket. Lots of options.
I think so however not positive. The cat in question is the one at the middle of the car. Course*


Also if I go straight pipe will it throw a CEL? Not sure where 02 sensors are. Thanks
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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I would imagine a straight pipe would throw a code.

I needed the cat on my Honda Accord replaced a few years back. I took it to an exhaust shop and had them cut out the old cat and weld in a new magnaflow cat.
Cost a few hundred I believe but I didn't have the time to shop around for a better deal.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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I'm going to assume that one of the little brass flex sections broke open. I had this happen to an 08 Outback and looked on subarugenuineparts.com and the picture for your car looks the same. $435 from them, by the way. For you guys who don't have a NA car, this is essentially the exhaust manifolt, cat, 2 flex sections and collector. I had 2 of these go in 81k miles. The design engineers who put this together should be hung from their balls.

I don't know what to tell you besides the fact that with a lift, it's pretty easy and clean to remove and replace. You can't weld it if it's in that section. If it's on the cat itself, you can weld it (I've done that). If it's in the flex section like I've been talking about, it'll open up more and leak and smell in the cabin. You could spend hours cutting the 2 pipes and force some flex pipe on and clamp them with a hose clamp at one end and U bolt on the other.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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I had this happen to an 08 Outback and looked on subarugenuineparts.com and the picture for your car looks the same. $435 from them, by the way. For you guys who don't have a NA car, this is essentially the exhaust manifolt, cat, 2 flex sections and collector. I had 2 of these go in 81k miles. The design engineers who put this together should be hung from their balls.
There's a Federal emissions equipment warranty of 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first) on the factory catalytic converters.

http://www.epa.gov/obd/pubs/420f09048.pdf
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Ok so got under the car to find it is not the cat but the resonator. Crack right along the seam. Options are:
1. Replace it
2. Straight pipe
3 After market cat back

Looks like I will straight pipe it seeing as how I'm poor and it's the cheapest option. Thanks for the responses I will post a video when it's done.
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