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Old 08-04-2013, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Water Pump Replacement

I'm in the process of changing out my leaky water pump and have experienced some difficulties. I spent two hours getting the big hose off the thermostat housing. This was a pain!



When they installed the hose clap they positioned the tabs towards bottom of the hose. It took forever to work it around where I could get to it and move it back so I could get the hose off. I had to remove my exhaust manifold and undo a bunch of electrical connectors to move the wiring harness.

The good news is I was able to inspect my hi-flow cat. The bad news is the coils are melting and it looks nearly plugged.



How do you gut a cat?



Gutted!



And to top it off the thermostat is bad!



I'll see if I can get'er back on the road today.

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Old 08-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You are now scaring me...I see u have a 2008 2.4 engine and automatic. I have a 2006 build sky with 34K...so far I have absolutely no problems. You have me wondering WHEN (not laughing).

To give you some positive news...your Cat is under warranty for 10 yrs/100,000 miles. Mine went bad at 27K and of course it was replaced.

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You are now scaring me...I see u have a 2008 2.4 engine and automatic. I have a 2006 build sky with 34K...so far I have absolutely no problems. You have me wondering WHEN (not laughing).

To give you some positive news...your Cat is under warranty for 10 yrs/100,000 miles. Mine went bad at 27K and of course it was replaced.
His CAT was under warranty you mean..
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi-flow cats, don't have a 10 yrs/100,000 miles warranty.
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are we talking about the factory catalytic converter? If we r... we do have a 10yr/100,000 warranty on certain early model Kappas
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in the first picture it looks like you removed the cowl. my question is how did you remove the wiper arms after removing the nut?
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are we talking about the factory catalytic converter? ...
unfortunately not
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...how did you remove the wiper arms after removing the nut?
I used a C clamp and a big slot screw driver. I positioned the fixed end of the c clamp under the wiper arm and adjusted the other end so the flat of the screw driver rested against it and the wiper stud. Then I slowly applied pressure to the handle to lift the wiper arm.



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What is the brand of the CAT? How many miles are on it?
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thanks. so it is pressed on basicly. and you pressed it off
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What is the brand of the CAT? How many miles are on it?
It's a Performance Autowerks (PA), ~10,000 miles. This is the second one from PA. The first PA didn't last 3 months. I was using a octane booster, but I stopped because I thought it was causing the failure of the CATs.

The first one I tried was a Solo Performance Cat. I ran on it for couple of months before the coils in it started melting. All three have the same issue. the coil melts and collaspe.

The stock works no problem.

I'm giving up on trying to use a high flow cat.
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I got a quote from a local Chevy dealer for a water pump replacement on a 2008 Saturn Sky 2.4L.

$969

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I got a quote from a local Chevy dealer for a water pump replacement on a 2008 Saturn Sky 2.4L.

$969

Did u ever think of going to e bay...they go for anywhere from 40 dollars to 199 dollars brand new GM Delco.
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Great, I was thinking of gutting my old converter and putting a straight pipe inside. Now I think that is what I should have done, especially if that is all the longer the metal cats last.

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It's a Performance Autowerks (PA), ~10,000 miles. This is the second one from PA. The first PA didn't last 3 months. I was using a octane booster, but I stopped because I thought it was causing the failure of the CATs.

The first one I tried was a Solo Performance Cat. I ran on it for couple of months before the coils in it started melting. All three have the same issue. the coil melts and collaspe.

The stock works no problem.

I'm giving up on trying to use a high flow cat.
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Did u ever think of going to e bay...they go for anywhere from 40 dollars to 199 dollars brand new GM Delco.
Mike:

The one I bought is from GMPartsCenter.net for $167.39 delivered to my door. The $969 price from the GM dealer includes labor, pump, and gaskets. I made $802 in 8 hours. Not bad for a shade tree mechanic.

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