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09 Patriot exhaust/converter

New to forum and appreciate any feedback. Recently engine light appeared and jeep service quoted catalytic converter and upward of $1300+ to get into it. Even said it could be more. Wasn't comfortable with vagueness and I've done and had similar repairs in past with little issues. Anyone have experience why this is so pricey? Any videos on replacement or advice? Lastly if I'm going to attack it any after market improvements to exhaust that I should consider. Jeep is at 80k and runs well.

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Re: 09 Patriot exhaust/converter

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New to forum and appreciate any feedback. Recently engine light appeared and jeep service quoted catalytic converter and upward of $1300+ to get into it. Even said it could be more. Wasn't comfortable with vagueness and I've done and had similar repairs in past with little issues. Anyone have experience why this is so pricey? Any videos on replacement or advice? Lastly if I'm going to attack it any after market improvements to exhaust that I should consider. Jeep is at 80k and runs well.
The dealer quoted the PO of my 2008 Grand around $1000 for a cat back replacement. Thats just the factory single muffler and single tailpipe with no resonator. One of the reasons it was traded in and I got it cheap. I was able to replace the muffler with an aftermarket walker quietflow ss muffler retaining the tailpipe, that was fine, for around $100 after the clamps and adapters. Its not a rigged system either. It looks completely stock and is nice and quiet. This is just to give you an idea of how the dealer operates. They will overcharge you for labor and replace stuff that is fine with their replacement parts that must be made of gold. I dont know the difficulty of changing the cat on your patriot but it could probably be done a lot cheaper by yourself or even a regular mechanic shop. Im not knocking the dealer but it is what it is. Is your jeep a 4 cylinder? They all are right?, like a dodge caliber?
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Re: 09 Patriot exhaust/converter

Thanks. Yeah it's the 2.4. If I do the work any idea on how the check engine light would go off once I make the repair? Is that a sensor picking up or is that a dealer trick I'll need to know
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My first course of action would be to have the computer scanned and checked for codes at an autozone type place or with your own hand held scanner, theyre cheap. Once you find the codes go online and research the heck out of what might be causing it. You might find that the problem might be a bad sensor or even a faulty gas cap. As far as clearing the code after the repair has been made, the cheap obd11 scanners have an option to erase all codes. This can also be done by removing the positive battery cable for a while but the scanner method doesnt make the car have to learn all over again. On a somewhat related note, I know someone who had a cel lit for a bad cat converter on a 4 cyl nissan. The mechanic suggested a fuel additive that was supposed to cure the problem for a while so it could pass inspection. Its been a year and its still working fine. I dont know the product but Im sure you can google it. I dont usually buy into those quick fix additives but it worked for them. Worth a shot at least.
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