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Old 02-11-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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Converter stopped up on a 2013 RC?

So just a few days ago I noticed what sounded like an exhaust leak coming from the engine bay area on my 2013 RC 4x4, I called and asked for a service appointment ASAP, the noise got worse and under load in any gear and when revved quickly while stopped in neutral the sound was like a blow off valve in rapid form from under the hood. And the engine really was a slug. I could tell something wasn't right.

I thought the engine was being torqued to much and the flange gasket on the manifold to converter joint was opening up or something.

I just got the call back from Toyota and they are overnighting me a converter as they said its stopped up, I appreciate the loaner they have me in to drive for now but what I am afraid of is how soon is this going to happen after I get my truck back. It's only got 29,200 miles in it. I purchased it new and have always ran 87 octane.

What truly kills a converter anyways?

Any recommendations or thoughts on the overall "soundness" of the 4cyl converter.

Thanks folks,
I love my little truck and have always appreciated the Toyota 4cyl trucks. This is my fourth one. The dealer rep I work with has been there a while and is in management and technician is a veteran, they both are kind of shocked as they have only seen one other 4cyl converter fail like this so soon.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:38 AM   #2
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My cat died on my 2013 4 cyl at about 20K miles, all under warranty thankfully
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Interesting,

Did you notice your truck running a whole lot better afterwords?
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This is some odd happenings.
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Tell me about it,
I'm not ready to trade but a converter once a year is a NO-GO for me.

I asked my advisor if Toyota updated the part numbers. He said negative.
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Truck ran fine, then one day it had no power and was very loud and rattly. I layed under the truck and banged around and found the cat's ceramic honeycomb had come apart obviously blocking flow.
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Did your dealer say anything or suggest about what to do in another year and your out of factory warranty and this happens again?

I am really hoping this is a one of a kind issue with my truck.
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Warranty wise according to google: The EPA law is 80,000 or 8 years, which ever comes first. From "catalyticconverter.org"

The dealer just replaced it and didn't tell me anything else. I'm guessing it was a rare quality control or design/shape issue. I don't off road or beat up my truck.
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10-4, I wasn't aware of the EPA and 80K, I have been away from dealer type work for a while now.

I am not hard on my truck either. I'll try and confirm with my dealer today when I pick mine back up that I do indeed have 80K or 8yrs.

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Well, truck runs mucho better!

I really hope this was just a one time part failure. The 2016s haven't grown on me just yet and I am in no position to trade. Although a great deal on a DCLB might just do me in.

My advisor did confirm though that my converter would be covered by the 8yr, 80K warranty.
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