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FreddyKnuckles
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« Reply #50 on: Feb 09, 2012, 06:32:20 PM »

I replaced the catalytic converter on my subaru legacy with an oem part in April 2010. It already needs to be replaced. Think there's a manufacturer or parts warranty on that sucker?
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Dick
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« Reply #51 on: Feb 09, 2012, 07:30:43 PM »

Did you replace it yourself or have a certified mechanic do it for you?
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FreddyKnuckles
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« Reply #52 on: Feb 09, 2012, 08:02:03 PM »

I bought the car real cheap from a real shady used car dealer. I took it to mechanic before I bought it and he said, yo someone reset the codes, which take a hundred miles to reset so there's a chance your check engine light will pop on.  In a week or so.  So we told the shady dealer that and he offered a discount and a warranty which is pretty good for a small time used car dealer.  Sure enough the check engine light popped on a week later with the code for the cat converter. So we took it back and dude had the shop around the corner swap it out.  I assume they were certified?
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« Reply #53 on: Feb 09, 2012, 08:43:22 PM »

So this dude willingly shelled out for an OEM catalytic converter on an import?

Is your engine burning oil?
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FreddyKnuckles
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« Reply #54 on: Feb 10, 2012, 11:26:33 AM »

Yeah basically he knew that the cat was bad and was trying to hide it, so we made him give us a thousand mile warranty.
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« Reply #55 on: Feb 10, 2012, 11:50:20 AM »

A feline's mischievousness can not be concealed. You did the right thing, Knucks.
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FreddyKnuckles
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« Reply #56 on: Feb 10, 2012, 08:53:24 PM »

So this dude willingly shelled out for an OEM catalytic converter on an import?

Is your engine burning oil?

This is the code they pulled

http://www.obd-codes.com/p0420
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« Reply #57 on: Jul 31, 2012, 01:00:30 AM »

My alternator/generator belt broke today. Already picked up the replacement belt for 4 bucks (left the car running while in the store of course) but....any of you guys got tips on replacing belts like that? Because it looks deceptively simple, like it'd take me 5 minutes. This ain't like one of them dumbass serpentine belts, this is a deal where I got a crankshaft controlling three drive belts and they're all very easily accessible. The alternator belt is the middle one on the crankshaft, so I'd have to take off one of the other belt to get to it. Mainly worried about getting the belts back on straight or accidentally snapping them or whatever.
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Dick
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« Reply #58 on: Jul 31, 2012, 01:25:11 AM »

It's a pretty simple bit of maintenance.  You won't snap the belts.  I'm assuming you know the mechanics of making the change (locate tensioner pulley, make sure belts match, replace belt, adjust tensioner pulley until there's like 1/4" of play in the belt, etc).  The one thing I would say is maybe snap a picture of the relevant belts before you pull them out.  You do need to put the belts back on pretty much exactly as they came off, but if you have a picture you can look at and make a couple notes to yourself you should be able to match them up no problem. 

If you want to do it OG shop class style you could draw a dimensional diagram on graph paper I suppose.
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El_Josharino
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« Reply #59 on: Jul 31, 2012, 01:30:26 AM »

If you want to do it OG shop class style you could draw a dimensional diagram on graph paper I suppose.

My dad did this for me when I broke the serpentine belt on one of my previous vehicles, and told me to stash it in the glove box in case I needed it again. I never did need it again, but it felt kinda badass to have it around.
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Thermofusion
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« Reply #60 on: Jul 31, 2012, 10:17:50 AM »

Man I couldn't budge the bolt on the tensioners at all, and it was kind of difficult to reach, so I ended up driving up to a service place and letting them take a compressor wrench to it. Got one belt off, turned out I'd bought the wrong replacement anyway. Walked to NAPA, got the right belt, let them slap it on, $35 altogether.  Just kinda hate I wasn't able to do it myself, but there's only so much torque my arm can provide.
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