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97 cadillac catera noise

When I start my car there's a muffler like noise, the noise sounds like a bad muffler, but it's under the motor. I took it to the auto shop and they said I need a bolt or gasket. but I don't want to take it to them cause they won't even tell me where I need the gasket replaced..

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A good shop will tell you and often show you what you need. I'd bring it elsewhere! In the meantime, likely you have a bad "doughnut" gasket or broken manifold stud...but I'd have to look to give you a real answer , not just a guess.

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