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Old 08-04-2013, 03:24 AM
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Default Catalytic converter or plenum gasket

My high mileage (176k) 1500 5.9l seems labored in second gear, first feels fine but when it shifts into second it feels labored. Like it should be going faster than it is for how much gas I am giving it. The top end feels normal. Tranny is new (20k). I have researched this forum to page 35 and have seen that a failire of the plenum gasket can cause similar symptoms, I looked down the throttle body and could see some oil but no "pooling" I checked with a telescopic magnet and confirmed it was the stock steel plate so it hasn't been replaced with aluminum. I also read that the catalytic converter can cause sluggish performance. I am not throwing any related codes, but a P0442 I am chasing down. So where should I put my money, Hughes plenum kit, or new cat? PLEASE HELP! Money is tight and I can't afford the shotgun approach. THANKS

EDIT: transmission only has 7k on it. I am at 175k now, tranny built at 168k

Last edited by Mopartruckin; 08-04-2013 at 03:45 AM. Reason: Correction
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