Questions about Exhaust systems, Catalytic Converters and Headers/Manifolds

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2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
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Performance Exhaust — what, how, why?

I've seen performance exhaust pipes on sale for cars and motorcycles, and my questions are these: What does it do? (better performance [and how so?]? better mileage? cooler sounds?) Is/how is it ...
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Attaching poorly-fitting exhaust components without welding?

I recently replaced my muffler, and attached it to the existing pipe using clamps around a short coupler pipe (sorry, I don't know the right name for these things) that fits around the outside the the ...
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What is this exhaust type thing?

What is this black exhaust type thing coming off the side of this land cruiser? What is it for?
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Why is my exhaust pipe so rusty?

I think all cars exhaust pipes get very rusty after not very long. Why is that? I know that the pipe gets extremely hot, but how come that makes it rust more than any other part of the car?
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should I replace gaskets when replacing exhaust?

I need to replace a broken section of exhaust. Should I replace the gaskets also? one of the gaskets is directly between the engine and the new part. The other is between the new and an old part of ...
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High short term fuel trim on one side when starting car?

2003 Ford Crown Victoria V8 Engine Dual exhaust 2 cats & O2 sensors per side Since some time last year I've been getting an error code throw up, with seemingly no regularity: P2197 - O2 stuck ...
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How effective are exhaust patch kits?

How effective are exhaust patch kits in terms of longevity and limiting noise and leakage? Specifically I'm looking at using the kind that consist of heat-activated tape, an aluminium sheet and two ...
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Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?

Recently, my car (2000 Mercury Grand Marquis) started sounding like a racecar: the engine became very loud. There's clearly something going wrong with the exhaust system. I'm trying to understand ...
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Muffler off car. Safe to drive with exhaust open underneath?

So leaving work yesterday I heard a clang! - the muffler simply fell off. Further inspection revealed a lot of rust in one particular area on the pipe. Thankfully the forward muffler is still intact ...
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White smoke from tail pipe on operating temp start

I have a 89 Buick Century Custom. On the first start of the day, I have no problem. No smoke and no difficulty starting. However, after the car warms up, say, after driving to a gas station the ...
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Exhaust smell emanating from old car?

I drive an '97 Subaru Legacy. Far as I know, it still works perfectly. Lately, there's been a bad exhaust smell around the car when I park and get out. I can smell it inside the car on occasion, but ...
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Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

I read a little about DPFs and biodiesel. Some claim that there's a reduction in lubricity and/or viscosity of engine oil when using B30 or above. They warn about increased engine wear because of it. ...
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How to determine by ear which part of exhaust needs replacing?

I have a 1.3L Skoda Felicia, (carburetter engine without catalytic nor other gimmicks). Since past 1-2 months I would hear the exhaust sound has changed, it became more and more audible and at full ...
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Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust

I have a VW Golf mk4, 1.9 TDI from 2001 with 230.000+ km on board and for some time now I have blue smoke coming out of the exhaust. The problem aggravates when I'm stuck in traffic or when the ...
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Why does the price of Catalytic Converters vary so much?

My check engine light came on and the diagnostic code says it is a problem with the catalytic converters so I'm getting ready to schedule an appointment with a mechanic to take care of that. The ...
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What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?

On my 1990 Honda, it's falling apart. I'd like to just rip it off; will that cause any problems? More specifically: will the car pass New York state inspection with a missing cover?
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2001 Audi A4 just got really loud

Alright, So I'm driving to work. I'm stopped at the red light to go on the freeway. It turns green so I accelerate. I'm accelerating more than I would on a regular street but I didn't floor it. ...
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What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX?

EDIT: Additional information provided by LovelyWife(TM) - listening outside the car, she has proclaimed that the rattle / buzz / drone / resonance is coming from the front of the car and sounds like ...
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Muffler inlet corrosion problem

My 2001 Honda Civic needs a new muffler every two (2) years or so, because the inlet pipe corrodes just after the union. Is this a common problem, or would installing a better quality muffler prevent ...
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Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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Rattle on Ford Focus, suspect heat shield

Ford Focus 1.8 Ghia '99 V A little while ago a large section of the aluminium heat shield above my exhaust came loose. Being in a situation where I needed to keep going and without tools, I crawled ...
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Can header / exhaust insulation replace metal heat shields?

Following up on my saga: What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX? At the end of that quest, we concluded that the right hand exhaust ...
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How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”

My brother-in-law's car has just failed inspection. One of the items listed was a "cat-back." Since the bill is astronomical, I was wondering how much of the exhaust system is encompassed in this term ...
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How should I diagnose an exhaust “howl” when descending through 3200 rpms?

As mentioned previously, I have a 2004 WRX wagon with a stainless Prodrive circular-tip axle back installed around 2006. Lately, the weather has been nice enough to drive with the windows open and ...
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Why would gasoline engine exhaust smell like perfume?

Quite often I encounter a vehicle that has exhaust with rather sharp smell similar to perfume. As far as I know this is attributed to the engine malfunctioning - normally working engine will exhaust ...
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Are there any alternatives to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90?

I've been looking for an alternative to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90 2.5T AWD. There are a number of other Volvo vehicles that use the same drivetrain, but not one of the national muffler shops ...
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What are the tell tale signs of a catalytic converter that might be going bad?

I've owned two vehicles whose catalytic converters were recalled due two a couple of reasons: one being the quality of the CC and the other being a reduction in power due to a material building up and ...