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Catalytic Converter Replacement

Hi guys, my 2001 Jetta 2.0 AVH had a few check engine lights on. Miss fire and catalytic inefficiency. I changed the plugs, wires, and coil pack. Rest my codes. No check engine light after 80 miles, but the car still seems louder than it should and at idle the engine has more shake than it should seem. I'm wondering if I still need the cat replaced.

I have 119,456 miles. I need to find out if its under warranty, ASAP.

The exhaust shop wants $660 ish for a direct fit cat replacement. Can a universal be used with success? That would be WAY cheaper at the shop.

Other option is to buy a direct fit and install it in my driveway, is that an option? I don't know if I can get the Cat and if I do, if I can get it in. Anybody done that?

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oon ebay there is a store called muffler express they sell them i think i got mine for 190
they are out of canada so it may take two weeks to get it i got mine in 3 days
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and if you install it in your drive way torch up the bolts to take them out they are usually in there so tight you break them clean off


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FInd someone with air tools and become his best friend. Exhaust bolts are a bitch with hand tools and usually you end up not being able to get them off.

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Most air tools I've used don't have enough torque to get bolts like that off. Get a wrench and a hollow metal pipe, that usually works better. Make sure the car is on the ground, not jackstands though, cause you could push it off


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Thanks for all the responses. So far the car is running great! No check engine light after 120 miles...CROSSING MY FINGERS!! Great price on the cat though.

I do have a full set of air tools. If the car is on the ground, man that is a tight fit!! Wow lol. Also switched to 10w-30 and the engine has quieted down some. Was running 5w-30. Car hasn't run so good in a long time.
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See if you can pull it over something more stable than a set of jackstands then, something with a wide base and on the wheels rather than on the frame. All you need is for that to slip when it torques and you're pretty much crushed...


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See if you can pull it over something more stable than a set of jackstands then, something with a wide base and on the wheels rather than on the frame. All you need is for that to slip when it torques and you're pretty much crushed...
My brother in law has a lift, didn't think of that until now. But its a good hour + drive to Lexington, KY from Cincinnati. I really appreciate the advice on everything, especially the jackstands. One thing I don't like about MKIV's is the frame rails. No good spots for secure jackstands.

I don't need becoming a squashed bug! lol Still hoping I don't need to replace the Cat.

Anyone know how long the factory warranty is? Read it was 10 yr 120k on the 2.0 AEG motor, but I have a 2.0 AHV.
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There are a couple spots on the body, depending on what your doing where you can put a jackstand or a lift for the mean time. Other thing you can do, is take a 2x4 and place it on the jackstand, and then put the rail ontop of it. That'll help balance the car out on a larger surface and wont' seem to ruin the rail as much.


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damn catalytic code is back after 225 miles grrr!!
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Warranty is 120K for AEG only. 100K for the newer 2.0's.
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easiest way is spray penetrating spray on the on the bolts a couple days before you do the work and continue to each day until you can work on the exhaust. it will help a ton

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Okay, back from the dealer. Had brake light switch recall and alignment done.

Warranty is 10 yr/ 120,000 miles. I have exactly 300 miles until warranty is up on Catalytic converter! Here IS the problem. I had an auto parts store clear the code! So unless its showing a catalytic code it wont be covered! My car is outside idling to hopefully get the light to come back on.

I am so PISSED if the service department had NOT told me the warranty was only 100,000 I would have NEVER cleared the code! I hope I don't get screwed!!
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I still need to replace the converter, anyone done it themselves? Can someone direct me to a write up?
Found out thru VW America I only had a 100,000 mile warranty. So no luck on that....need it replaced ASAP though.
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I still need to replace the converter, anyone done it themselves? Can someone direct me to a write up?
Found out thru VW America I only had a 100,000 mile warranty. So no luck on that....need it replaced ASAP though.
Get the car on a lift or up on jack stands. Use a torch/plazma/air or pure muscle to get bolts off. Remove old cat and play catch with it. Install new one with new bolts. Drive your car and have fun.

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ok let me clarify a bit if you havent gotten into this already , i have another post regarding my cat that kinda says it all , so ill just linky thing thingy...


alldata or bentley help please!


a: it does not just pull down and out , you have to flip the cat (6bolt flange) , and you WILL DEFINATLEY NEED close to the full length of the cat , vertically , to get the cat out, or you will have to cut it at the neckdown , and weld it back together. i only had a couple jacks and ramps , so we cut & welded it , and its fine.

b: air tools , air tools , air tools. preforably an impact. youre going to need extensions , i used 2" , 4" and 9" , and a swivel , or swively tip extentions (i reccoment wobble extensions , as they are not bulky).

c: you are going to have to go in between the exhast if you have a 6 bolt. the sway bar blocked easy access to this bolt , with the 9" , so i threw a 2" ext, a big swivel , and the 9" . and i barely had enough wiggle to get it off. i had to get a gasket today , so i dont know how much of a pita it will be to get back on , but im sure much easier.

d: get some pb if youre doing it by hand , maybe even a little wire brush on a dremel to clean the threads. i only had one that was really scaly , that i was concerned about , and it was actually the easiest to get off.

e: swear a lot and kick stuff... its makes it go on better and gives you at least 3rwhp...


oh , whatever you do , dont order from "mac auto parts discount" on ebay. 4days processing time , along with a customer service girl , when i called to tell her i would need it overnighted , she says "i dont care" and hung up. i havent talked to the owner , but im pursuing this to the top , ill keep yall updated.
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