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Old 08-28-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy 2005 wrx , smog smell inisde car....Help!!

hi im new to Subaru,, I always own a civic so mode up to Subaru.. I have a issue I everytime I drive my car , I can smell the car catback muffles smell like it I were standing next to it... I been smeeling it for a wille, I can only smell it wen I have my windows down , but wen I have then close its perfect to smell,, Im not sure what it is.. and I don't want to take it to the mechanics cause they will start to put parts in it and well u know how mechanics are .. so help plzzzzz,, and p.s wen I got the Subaru it had no muffler so I added one which I tought would answer my problem.... and it gets hard to bread at times with the smell,,,, plzzzzz help
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:19 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:22 PM   #3
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Hopefully someone with an older wrx will chime in but what type of downpipe do you have on the vehicle? Did you so the muffler install yourself? If your running catless then those are unburnt hydrocarbons that your smelling. Which is normal.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:31 PM   #4
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Hopefully someone with an older wrx will chime in but what type of downpipe do you have on the vehicle? Did you so the muffler install yourself? If your running catless then those are unburnt hydrocarbons that your smelling. Which is normal.
idk what type of downpipe it has,, I got it from a private dealership and they said it has a downpipe, it does like a backfire to it and it sounds good too, but it was way to loud so I had a muffler install yesterday .. cars runs great!!! love it . and it had no muffler it was cut off all the way were the rear lower control were at.. how can I get rid of unburnt hydrocarbons , its hard for me to bread at times ..
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:41 PM   #5
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idk what type of downpipe it has,, I got it from a private dealership and they said it has a downpipe, it does like a backfire to it and it sounds good too, but it was way to loud so I had a muffler install yesterday .. cars runs great!!! love it . and it had no muffler it was cut off all the way were the rear lower control were at.. how can I get rid of unburnt hydrocarbons , its hard for me to bread at times ..
Sounds like your running a catless downpipe, basically you'd have to replace the downpipe if it is indeed catless you need to get a catted dp to get rid of the smell Its not bad for the car, I have it on mine, love the smell.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:46 PM   #6
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Don't have to replace the whole downpipe, I'm sure a shop would add a cat to the downpipe or the mid pipe.

How do you buy a car from a dealer and/or pass inspection/emissions in Cali without a catalytic converter on the car?
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:48 PM   #7
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thanks bro!! would it affect my health if I keep breading it ????
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:55 PM   #8
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eligal smog, its comming in California lol
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:26 AM   #9
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hi im new to Subaru,, I always own a civic so mode up to Subaru.. I have a issue I everytime I drive my car , I can smell the car catback muffles smell like it I were standing next to it... I been smeeling it for a wille, I can only smell it wen I have my windows down , but wen I have then close its perfect to smell,, Im not sure what it is.. and I don't want to take it to the mechanics cause they will start to put parts in it and well u know how mechanics are .. so help plzzzzz,, and p.s wen I got the Subaru it had no muffler so I added one which I tought would answer my problem.... and it gets hard to bread at times with the smell,,,, plzzzzz help
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idk what type of downpipe it has,, I got it from a private dealership and they said it has a downpipe, it does like a backfire to it and it sounds good too, but it was way to loud so I had a muffler install yesterday .. cars runs great!!! love it . and it had no muffler it was cut off all the way were the rear lower control were at.. how can I get rid of unburnt hydrocarbons , its hard for me to bread at times ..
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eligal smog, its comming in California lol
I don't know if this is funny, or pathetic.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:58 AM   #10
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I don't know if this is funny, or pathetic.
I'm gonna go with pathetic.


OP, it's probably because you don't have a cat. Last time I bought one it was about $100 and however much it costs to weld it in.

It's probably safe to say you did little to no research before buying this car of questionable health. Hope your income is higher than your IQ.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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caamalrandy - Look, if you don't like the smell and are worried that much about the health/smog issue spend the cash to get a stock exhaust installed on the car.
You have not provided enough information to really assess the issue, but here are some additional thoughts.
If you installed an aftermarket CAT back and did not put seals in properly tis can add to the problem and eventually will cause the smell to appear with or without windows up. There are a ton of threads about exhaust and what to look for and choices out there.
I would recommend that before you do anything else do some research and learn about the vehicle in general. Remember that just cause its on the internet doesn't make it right, wrong or indifferent; being that you are in California make sure you are aware of what's right and wrong by law and decide for yourself if you can live with those choices ie. exhaust setups. I use to live there and know it is not like the rest of the country and some states are just as bad be aware.
Going to be captain obvious here, but a Subaru is not a Honda so make sure you research to adjust for the switch. If you have friends that are into Subaru and know some stuff talk with them or get a good recommendation of where the best shops in your area are to get help.
I would also note that you should probably not let your license plates be shown on the site cause you can be identified that way.
I would also add that I am surprised that the dealer was able to sell the car to you, but maybe an as is agreement is fine.

Good luck mate
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:30 PM   #12
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If he does have a catless downpipe installed, switching to a catted downpipe isn't going to solve the problem he's complaining about. I have an aftermarket catted downpipe installed on my car and can still smell exhaust with the windows rolled down. OP, you'll need to go back to a stock downpipe if you wish to come close to eliminating the smell.

I don't know where in California you are, but you should listen to djravenchild and get your car to a Subaru specialty shop or at least a shop that works on Subarus and knows them well to have your exhaust examined and any leaks fixed, if present.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:02 PM   #13
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:35 PM   #14
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hey off topic, caamalrandy, but what brand muffler/exhaust is that?
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:19 PM   #15
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hey off topic, caamalrandy, but what brand muffler/exhaust is that?
its Megan racing muffler
http://www.racinglab.com/universal-m...mr-mu-n1t.html that's the link for it . I like it :}
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:59 PM   #16
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Carbon Monoxide can kill you. We don't know where it is leaking. It could be leaking anywhere from the manifolds back.

You don't know where it is leaking, but it could kill you. Yeah, kill you. Take it to a mechanic if you can't fix it yourself. It is no joke.

I know, mechanics want to do stuff and fix things. Do you want to wake up dead ?
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:26 PM   #17
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Carbon Monoxide can kill you. We don't know where it is leaking. It could be leaking anywhere from the manifolds back.

You don't know where it is leaking, but it could kill you. Yeah, kill you. Take it to a mechanic if you can't fix it yourself. It is no joke.

I know, mechanics want to do stuff and fix things. Do you want to wake up dead ?
Is carbon monoxide fatal?
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:52 PM   #18
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Yes, CO is fatal. It replaces all of the oxygen in your blood and doesn't detach from the hemoglobin when its supposed to. Will you die from CO poisoning while driving down the road? Probably not. It should be diluted enough so you'll get some oxygen too. Will you feel bad from it? Most likely. Should you breathe it even though it might not kill you? No. However, CO isn't the only thing in exhaust that's not good for you to breathe if you're running catless.

Look at the bottom of the car. Do it on a cold start if you need to. Is everything sealed? Is there a cat on the DP? Is there a hole in the pipe? Is there a pipe? Is the pipe made of yarn?
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