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Please help. Exhaust Pipe system broken or rusted?


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Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM

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Hi all. I woke up this morning, went to start my car (2001 Chevy Cavalier) and there was a VERY loud rumbling noise. It was so aggressive the car shook. I cut off the engine and looked around the car and under to discover that the whole pipe system underneath was hanging down onto the ground.

this has never happened before

the pipe is disconnected and hanging in the center but still connected to the muffler part in the back.

idk what to do! does anyone know what this is? how much it will cost to fix? i don't have very much money. do i need a tow truck?

i took pics:

(towards front of car)


(towards rear of car)

thank you!


(This post was edited by Abernathy_21 on Dec 15, 2012, 1:30 PM)


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Dec 15, 2012, 12:57 PM

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Do you live in a bad neighborhood? Looks like someone stole your catalytic converter.

If the converter is gone, you might want to call the cops and then contact your insurance company if you want to file a claim.





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Dec 15, 2012, 1:10 PM

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Yep, you don't have to be in a bad neighborhood either. They are stealing them left and right and selling them for big money.



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Dec 15, 2012, 1:16 PM

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Well, at least they were nice enough to leave you the O2 sensor. Crazy





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Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 1:28 PM

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but isn't the catalytic converter in the rear of the car? the first pic is towards the front and the seconds one is towards the back wheels.


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Dec 15, 2012, 1:30 PM

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NOt a lot of money and a 12 yr old car.Even if you did have coverage ,the deductable would put you back to square one .If you live ina non emmission state you may be able to get a repair pipe to buy some time . but you eventually need the CAT replaced,,,,,, its federal law.


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Dec 15, 2012, 1:32 PM

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Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 1:38 PM

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damn. now i'm mad. omg, i can't believe someone stole it! this is unbelievable! they must've been really fast b/c i drove the car at 6am and woke up at 12pm. could they really have done it in the daytime?

ughh.


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Dec 15, 2012, 1:43 PM

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They are carrying battery operated saws-allls and although they will make a little noise, they can have it off in under 2 minutes.



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Discretesignals
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Dec 15, 2012, 1:44 PM

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It can be taken off in 2 mins with a battery operated sawzall and the right blade.





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Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 1:50 PM

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wow, well that destroys my peace of mind. how can i stop it from happening again?


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Dec 15, 2012, 1:54 PM

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That's a tough one.....The best solution would be to garage the car but if you don't have one then that's not possible.

The next solution would be to get a motion activated alarms but that might not work because people don't really do anything when they hear one....

I'll have to google something but I remember seeing a "cat cage" or something like that, that the shop would weld on around the cat......Strong metal & would require a lot more time to remove so most theives would move on to a different car




Something like this


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Dec 15, 2012, 1:55 PM

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That does suck. Really the only thing you can do is park your vehicle in your garage, if you have one, or a place that doesn't make the car visible to people driving by.

Thieves are desperate and want that quick cash.


Park over a bunch of cacti or some type of thorny bush..LOL





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Dec 15, 2012, 2:06 PM

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You definitely need to report this.....

I can't say for your state but in CA they passed legislation where recyclers now have to document the people & cats that they are recycling in an effort to stop this kind of stuff.

It got pretty bad here for a while......We had a Caddy in our shop parking lot that lost a cat......


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Dec 15, 2012, 3:24 PM

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In Reply To
wow, well that destroys my peace of mind. how can i stop it from happening again?



This does the trick for me




Discretesignals
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Dec 15, 2012, 3:45 PM

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This works good too...LMAO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee3L9BQQ4Gs





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Fezer 690
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Dec 15, 2012, 6:07 PM

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Hey what about combining the two previous posts?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8KFdBneRfM
You know the saying:Monkey see, monkey do!


Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 8:28 PM

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i like the cat clamp idea. i definitely have to do something b/c parking my car a block away in my aunt's garage will get tiresome. i hate thieves. Frown

thanks everyone for you help! i took it to Bell Tire and I totally looked like I knew what I was talking about. :)


Abernathy_21
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Dec 15, 2012, 8:30 PM

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that's assuming I can hear the sneaky little bastards. i think i'd rather let the police handle them. our police don't tolerate that nonsense!


(This post was edited by Abernathy_21 on Dec 15, 2012, 9:46 PM)


nickwarner
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Dec 15, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Start parking on top of red ant hills. Nobody wants a new cat bad enough to lay on that. You need a new cat now, and hopefully it won't be too expensive. I doubt you'll be hit twice by the same people. Once they come through and hit your car and maybe a few other easy ones they'll bug out of the area. They know well enough that if they keep working in the same area too long people will get wise to what they're doing. If your car was far enough from your house that would be something they look for. A passerby would think they were just working on their own car, and with a fresh sawzall blade I can get a cat out within a minute. Doing it in daylight makes sense because they can appear legit. If they were running that saw in the middle of the night when everyone was at home it would be noticed. While people are at work in the morning nobody would pay attention. Its hiding in plain sight. Lot of burglars have taken to daylight work for the same reason. Just use a panel van or something that looks like a service truck. Neighbors think some contractor is just fixing a pipe. Homeowner gets robbed blind while they're at work or on vacation.

I'd notify the cops since they are getting more calls like this and they might be looking into a pattern of these things. At the least, if they can catch this guy on a different case they might be able to link him back to this if they know about it. Then instead of getting charged on one little case that gets him a slap on the wrist he gets pinned up on multiple charges and the judge can see the pattern. He doesn't weasel down the charges to next to nothing that way.

While he's in court, get a sawzall and chop the cat out of his car.






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