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Old 06-11-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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I didn't need this today...

I went out for lunch today and heard an agonizing CRUNCH as I pulled out - my entire exhaust system practically fell out of the truck. Front Y pipe is shot, catalyic converter is cracked in 3 places, and the rear tail pipe is toast. Oddly enough, the muffler is fine... I made it to the local Meineke. Over $1000 for the repairs - $700 alone for the cat assembly.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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Ouch! Better there though than on the road with the trailer!
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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Ouch! Better there though than on the road with the trailer!
That's what I've been telling myself. We going to the Bash in less than 2 weeks - I'd hate to have had this problem ruin our trip.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Rotten luck! Glad you were able to make to a shop okay, though. Hope your weekend gets better from here.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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Ouch! Better there though than on the road with the trailer!
That's exactly what we were telling ourselves 2 years ago when we needed to replace the exhaust system aft of the converter on our Excursion 3 weeks before our 2 week trip. Better to have it done at home with a shop you can trust, that will stand behind their work, and go back to if you have any problems. Not $1000 that time thankfully.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:51 PM   #6
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I went out for lunch today and heard an agonizing CRUNCH as I pulled out - my entire exhaust system practically fell out of the truck. Front Y pipe is shot, catalyic converter is cracked in 3 places, and the rear tail pipe is toast. Oddly enough, the muffler is fine... I made it to the local Meineke. Over $1000 for the repairs - $700 alone for the cat assembly.

How old was the truck?

It's always something that is NEVER under warranty isn't it?

Imagine it flying up and hitting your trailer - now you just "saved" at least $1200 in repairs to segments, windows, etc. Does that make it hurt less?.... Didn't think so.

But I'm really glad you didn't have an on-the-road problem, running over shards and messing up tires, or pieces flying into the trailer.... Buy a lottery ticket, you're due for some good luck!

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Old 06-11-2010, 01:30 PM   #7
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How old was the truck?

It's always something that is NEVER under warranty isn't it?

Imagine it flying up and hitting your trailer - now you just "saved" at least $1200 in repairs to segments, windows, etc. Does that make it hurt less?.... Didn't think so.

But I'm really glad you didn't have an on-the-road problem, running over shards and messing up tires, or pieces flying into the trailer.... Buy a lottery ticket, you're due for some good luck!

Paula
The truck is a 1999 Suburban. I really shouldn't complain, it was the factory exhaust system that died... it lasted 11 years!

I guess this falls under the "For everything else, there's MasterCard" clause.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:19 PM   #8
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Being the Hot Rod builder that I am, I have learned this little secret. Most muffler shops sell up graded exhaust systems to owners of new cars ,or towing vehicles. They will bring in a 2010 vehicle and have larger diameter dual exhaust systems installed, this means cutting out a cat and or muffler of a brand new vehicle. Now most shops put the cat and muffler on the back shelf somewhere and will sell the used part for a great discount. Ask a few shops. Don't do it over the phone, but go to the shop itself.
I have done this many times and saved a bunch......
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