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Old 06-01-2016, 01:55 PM   #1
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Catalytic Converter went bad

Dealer wants $1,600 to replace the left catalytic converter on my '10 2LT. I thought this would be an opportunity to replace with high flow cats but upon additional research I could not find any that are CARB compliant. Are there any CARB compliant high flow cats for my car?

Apparently these have a federally mandated warranty of 8 year / 80,000 miles. I'm at 88,000 so I missed the cut-off. I did get an extended warranty through CNA when I purchased it new but now being told the cats are excluded (allegedly due to the federal warranty). The only other thing I can do is lobby GM to warranty it. The service tech wasn't necessarily happy about going through the process but what do I have to lose? I might get lucky considering I'm not too far out of the warranty.

Any helpful suggestions other than move out of California?
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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I would remove anything aftermarket attached to your engine before bringing your car back in, just so they have less chance of crying foul that something you did ruined the cat. ie-VTC, catch can, and anything else.
Now you probably know as well as I do that none of these CAN effect the cats, but hey, GM's denied warranty on cars for less--and they're even less likely to approve yours as you're technically out of warranty.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:30 PM   #3
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High flows are illegal in CA. Check craigs list or Ebay for stockers.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:04 PM   #4
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Dealer wants $1,600 to replace the left catalytic converter on my '10 2LT. I thought this would be an opportunity to replace with high flow cats but upon additional research I could not find any that are CARB compliant. Are there any CARB compliant high flow cats for my car?

Apparently these have a federally mandated warranty of 8 year / 80,000 miles. I'm at 88,000 so I missed the cut-off. I did get an extended warranty through CNA when I purchased it new but now being told the cats are excluded (allegedly due to the federal warranty). The only other thing I can do is lobby GM to warranty it. The service tech wasn't necessarily happy about going through the process but what do I have to lose? I might get lucky considering I'm not too far out of the warranty.

Any helpful suggestions other than move out of California?

Do you have to have the Dealer fix this? If you want to return it to working order why not go with a place that will put in quality aftermarket parts at reasonable labor rates? Although this won't net you the better performance at least you get to pick the arm or the leg it costs you rather than having to give up both.
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Old 06-02-2016, 02:35 PM   #5
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UPDATE - My awesome service tech Maria at Quality Chevrolet got the part and work partially warrantied. They are asking I cover $570 out of the original estimate bill of $1,615. That's approximately 65% off. This is less than me purchasing the part myself at one of the GM parts direct websites. I'm stoked, although I really don't want to pay at all, I am delighted that I do not have to pay the whole bill. Cheers!
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Old 06-02-2016, 02:52 PM   #6
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Do you have to have the Dealer fix this? If you want to return it to working order why not go with a place that will put in quality aftermarket parts at reasonable labor rates? Although this won't net you the better performance at least you get to pick the arm or the leg it costs you rather than having to give up both.
No, I didn't have to have the dealer do the work but considering I was pursuing warranty work I prefer to go that route. I did call a few muffler places and was considering that route before the dealer gave the word on the approval for a partial warranty. With the deal the dealer offered, I actually made out to what the cost of the part was if I bought it online. I can't complain.
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:38 PM   #7
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You could buy some take off cats on craigs list or Ebay very cheep.
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