1998 Dodge Ram Exhaust System

Tiny
BIGDREW08
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  • 1998 DODGE RAM
1998 Dodge Ram 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

I recently got straight pipes put on my truck, but before that, I had a pipe that just dumped a little bit after the catalytic converter and it was loud. When I got my truck back with the straight pipes, whenever I get to about 2500 rpm it goes quiet like there is a clog in the catalytic converter. My check engine light is on and the code read catalyst efficiency defective. So could a bad catalytic converter keep from the exhaust system producing the sound it should?
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Sunday, October 17th, 2010 AT 6:21 PM

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Tiny
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According to the code, the converter is bad. Based on your description, it sounds like the insides are loose and moving / plugging the exhaust. Is there a power loss? If you take a rubber mallot and tap the exhaust, do you hear a rattle?

Let me know.
Joe
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 7:02 AM
Tiny
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Yes there is a loss of power and when the truck is on there is a rattling sound but I cant tell when I hit it with a mallet.
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 3:25 PM
Tiny
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That is my guess then. The converter is loose inside and plugging when you hit the gas. As a result, there is a power loss and change in sound.

Let me know what you find.
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 9:54 PM

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