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Old 04-19-2011, 10:16 PM
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Default *sigh* Clogged catalytic converter?

I'm new to these forums, and totally new to Dodge trucks. So far, I love mine.

I'm about 95% sure I've zero'd in on the issue, but I'd still like to get an opinion from some of you guys, because I'm sure you're more knowledgeable about Ram's and vehicles in general.

I've got a 1997 1500, 5.9L Magnum.

A couple of months ago my check engine light came on. I had my truck serviced and the guys at the shop killed the light too. It wasn't a week later it was back on.

Recently, I noticed a strange noise coming from the exhaust. A "flurp" sound. Almost like a pebble dropped into water. Thought it was strange, but didn't get excited.

And then came the smell. Hard to describe, but it's kind of "eggy". It's at it strongest after initial start up and acceleration. And after it's been running for a while and shutoff, there's a faint burning smell.

All this leads me to think it's definitely the catalytic converter. Would you guys agree? If so, is this a "spend the weekend" kind of fix or should I just put it in the exhaust shop?
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:21 PM
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Did you get a code read or has your check engine light come back on?

It would be nice to get the code if it's available.

But I believe you are correct. Sounds like a clogged cat. How many miles on your truck?
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I agree with your prognosis there, if you have the tools and access to a lift it might be a "spend the Saturday" kinda weekend; otherwise I'd head to the exhaust shop. There are some great after market high performance Cats out there.

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I agree, it would be useful, but I don't have a code :\

My truck has about 199,500 miles on it. I've put 20,000 on it myself with no problems at all, aside from this and a slow leak in the power steering.
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if you live in a state that doesnt require the cat I would just bust through it and let it breathe!!! but if you do live in 1 of those states there are some really good high flow cats. A buddy of mine used the new cherry bomb high flow cat and its pretty awesome for the price he paid
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thats why you gotta drive the shit out of her every now and then to clean out all the carbon build up
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mine was clogged at one time and would rattle like crazy and make weird noises.. finally it clogged up and i couldnt get over 4k rpms and maintaining a stedy speed of 70 was killer.. so i had mine removed and put in a aftermarket y-pipe wow wut a difference!!! really opend my truck up and gave me a nice tone increase in the exhaust.. also i live in fl so no emissions..
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thats why you gotta drive the shit out of her every now and then to clean out all the carbon build up
drive it like you stole it
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drive it like you stole it
I do man.. but eventually it will need replacing
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the platinum tiles inside the catalytic converter convert the noxious gases to water, thats is why clear water comes out of your exhaust when you don't have a blown head gasket
these platinum tiles break down after a while & you begin to smell sulfur, a rotten egg smell. At the same time you will see or feel a decrease in overall performance & after a time your vehicle won't even start.
you can take the palm of your hand or make a fist & bump the catalytic converter fairly hard when its cool enough, you will hear a shaking noise if its bad

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