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post #1 of 9 Old 06-20-2014, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Bought an XJ, catalytic converter missing!

I'm a *******.
I bought my third XJ Cherokee yesterday. '98 model. Fell in love with is shiny red beauty and trusted the young guy who sold it to me. Check engine light came on as I was driving it home. It's not registered yet because the inspection was expired. Had a friend run codes on it for me this morning to see what it needed to pass. Lo and behold, there is no catalytic converter on it. It's been cut out and pipe just welded in it's place.

Am I going to have to have the exhaust system replaced, and if so, how much is it going to cost me? Or is there a way to pass emissions inspection without it? I'm in NC. I'm clueless, never had a car without a catalytic converter before.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-20-2014, 02:22 PM
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cut out the pipe...clamp or weld a new cat back in. No big deal.

Biggest lesson - don't buy a car that doesn't have a current inspection sticker. If it was easy, then the previous owner probably would have gotten it done. If they didn't do it, then you can be sure that there's something wrong with it....
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-20-2014, 02:44 PM
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Buying an un-inspected vehicle isn't always a bad idea... a lot of people are just stupid, cheap, or lazy so they just can't or won't go to the effort to fix it for inspection. This can mean a nice discount if in some cases if you do your own work. There's also the people that cobble it together and take it to "a guy they know" for his "inspection" and its worse since you have to fix their mess after they charge you extra for the benefit of it having a sticker.

Up here for an inspected yj that runs... 3-4k. Uninspected yj that runs can be had for half that.

Get under it with a screwdriver or hammer and see what else is rotted out, might not need much else. A catalytic converter can be found at auto zone for under $40, its not a complicated fix.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-21-2014, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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I had waited at the DMV for an hour to do the title transfer and didn't find out the inspection was expired until I was trying to register the Jeep. At that point, I was ready to just get it over with, it was 4:45 pm, I had driven for 2 hours to look at it, and money had already changed hands.

BTW, we found the cat, it has one. It was just not where it was supposed to be. The whole exhaust system looks to be homemade by some backyard mechanic (according to my own backyard mechanic/boyfriend) and the cat is back right in front of the muffler. We did a lot of work on it this morning, hoping it'll pass inspection on Monday. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-03-2014, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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False alarm. My "mechanic" didn't know what he was talking about. The catalytic was there, just not in the original place, which is where he was looking. Passed NC inspection without a problem after replacing the O2 sensors.

Thanks for the input!
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-03-2014, 06:41 PM
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Biggest lesson - don't buy a car that doesn't have a current inspection sticker. If it was easy, then the previous owner probably would have gotten it done. If they didn't do it, then you can be sure that there's something wrong with it....
Not all states have vehicle inspections for motor vehicles.

Ironically last week the check engine light popped on for me in my XJ. The catalytic converter had finally given up the ghost after 16 years. The mechanic said I could drive with it on since my XJ is so old(1998 model year and older vehicles are exempt from emissions testing here in Massachusetts) but I had it replaced on the grounds that the check engine light could "hide" other problems that could pop up somewhere down the line. $389 dollars later the XJ is running again on a new cat. Maybe this one will last 16 years.lol

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-05-2014, 07:54 AM
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No cat on my 88 xj and no check engine light. I bought it this way by the way.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-06-2014, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Biggest lesson - don't buy a car that doesn't have a current inspection sticker. If it was easy, then the previous owner probably would have gotten it done. If they didn't do it, then you can be sure that there's something wrong with it....
NC doesn't have inspection stickers. That's why I didn't know the inspection was expired until after I had waited for an hour in line at the DMV.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-06-2014, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Not all states have vehicle inspections for motor vehicles.

Ironically last week the check engine light popped on for me in my XJ. The catalytic converter had finally given up the ghost after 16 years. The mechanic said I could drive with it on since my XJ is so old(1998 model year and older vehicles are exempt from emissions testing here in Massachusetts) but I had it replaced on the grounds that the check engine light could "hide" other problems that could pop up somewhere down the line. $389 dollars later the XJ is running again on a new cat. Maybe this one will last 16 years.lol
I believe a vehicle has to be 30 years old here in NC to be exempt from emissions inspection. Got a ways to go.

OK, I just checked. Over 35 years is exempt from safety AND emission. 1996 and later is exempt from emissions. Not too much longer.
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