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Corolla Exhaust Problem

I have a 1999 corolla and two friends also have 1999 and 1998 corollas. All three of us had the same issues with the exhaust. The noise that you hear has nothing to do with a cracked catalist. It has to do with an o-ring that is located between the catalitic converter and the rest of your exhaust system. You usually hear the noise when you are driving only, but not when you rev the car when stationary. Whats happening is that when you drive the dynamic force that is exerted on the exhaust system is opening up the gap between the o-ring allowing the gas to escape from this region. The o-ring costs $5 but the labour is around $200. I had to replace this o-ring twice, and it appears that it is a bad design on the part of Toyota. Hope it helps.

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  • abidinam May 11, 2010

    Is it the gasket in the spring joint right after the exhaust manifold or the one at the inlet of the Catalytic Converter?

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Try hi temp silicone it will allow movement in exhaust without compromising sound it will stretch a little

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