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2003 Lexus RX300 Question: My muffler is noisy can that be the catalytic converter?

 

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naddie, 3.0L V6, Scarborough, ME, December 14, 2011, 08:30
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The garage says that the sheild above the catalytic converter can collect water and has rusted and I need a new catalytic converter. The only sympton I believe is the muffler noise. The noise started several years ago and went away but is back now. Is this an expensive repair?

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    mastertech6371 December 14, 2011, 08:42
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    yes, the cat converter assembly is about 1200-1500 installed.

    Roy

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    naddie, December 15, 2011, 15:30
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    If the only problem is a slightly noisey muffler can I just continue to drive it. There is no loss of power.

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    euromech December 14, 2011, 10:30
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    Well if it just a heat shield i would just take it to a muffler shop and let them fabricate a shield on it. I would not pay for a new cat converter. I never heard a converter rusted out since they made out of stainless steel.
    If it is broken that is a different thing; then needs to be replaced since conveters can't be welded.

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    volvo850 from Auto Tech LTD, December 14, 2011, 10:40
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    I looked up the parts for youre car and there are three catalytic converters a front, center and rear,all three total up to about $2400.00 plus labor,

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