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Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager
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Volkswagen Passat 2.0T: Hey Eric, My car started making

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Hey Eric,
My car started making a weird noise when accelerating, specifically when the turbo started spooling. It was like a really raspy sound, like air was blowing out of something it shouldnt be blowing out of. Two days later it popped and my car sounded like it had a hole in the exhaust. When I got under it turns out the catalytic converter broke off from its flange that it is bolted into the turbo with. This is not something I can do myself at home since I don't have a bridge and therefore can't get the right angle to reach all the bolts. I've tried going to a vw dealership but they sent me packing saying I gotta replace it for 1500 or even more or try and have it welded at a muffler shop. I tried two muffler shops and they say the weld wont hold. Car is an 06 with only 55000 miles. Is there a recall on this or anything I can do to have it fixed for free or cheap.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Eric replied 2 years ago.
Unfortunately there are no recalls on the converter for your vehicle and it is past the 8yr federal emissions warranty.
The muffler shops are correct that a weld wont hold - I tried a couple of times for customers and the weld breaks within a week.
Your least expensive option is to have an aftermarket direct fit converter installed.
Below is a link to one that runs $338. labor to install it will be about $160[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@L4-1984cc%202.0L%20F/I%20TURBO%20Vin%[email protected]@34235
Expert:  Eric replied 2 years ago.
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