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Codes for bad cats GONE!?!

This is a discussion on Codes for bad cats GONE!?! within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; A few months ago I noticed my ses light pop on while I was at idle in standing water. I ...

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    Codes for bad cats GONE!?!

    A few months ago I noticed my ses light pop on while I was at idle in standing water. I thought I soaked my O2's so I had the code reset. Came back on after a day or two. I had it diagnosed at chevy and was told I had two bad cats. Not O2's. They did a backpressure test. (just passed the 8yr warrenty).I just kept driving anyway. Then during a road trip the light went out on its own. Came back about a week later. Then went away again after I "got on it." It has not come back on for the last 300 miles or so. Hard driving seems to have "fixed" it. Is this possible? Did the PCM just recalibrate? If so do you guys think I still have bad cats and the car just learned how to deal with them?

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    If your cats are bad they are bad, May have just had a hiccup, As far as the cats being bad GM extended the warranty to 10 years or 120,000 miles.... Free replacement
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    mine were the same way, got a code,cleared it, came back, did a few heavy hard runs down the highway and cleared the code and it didnt come back on for 7 months then it came back... If you get the code again just go to the dealer to get them replaced under warranty and yes its now 10 year 120k miles, gm extended it for our cars due to them failing early. One thing i do have to tell you is to search the internet for the extended warranty on the cats as the dealer will give you bs and say its only 8 years and forget about calling up the gm hotline and asking cause they dont know either but once you give them the number to look up, oh yea look at that they extended the warranty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1WS6 View Post
    mine were the same way, got a code,cleared it, came back, did a few heavy hard runs down the highway and cleared the code and it didnt come back on for 7 months then it came back... If you get the code again just go to the dealer to get them replaced under warranty and yes its now 10 year 120k miles, gm extended it for our cars due to them failing early. One thing i do have to tell you is to search the internet for the extended warranty on the cats as the dealer will give you bs and say its only 8 years and forget about calling up the gm hotline and asking cause they dont know either but once you give them the number to look up, oh yea look at that they extended the warranty...
    Thats great news guys thanks. Im getting lt's and ORY anyway, however, having them change the Cats before I do it sounds great to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1WS6 View Post
    mine were the same way, got a code,cleared it, came back, did a few heavy hard runs down the highway and cleared the code and it didnt come back on for 7 months then it came back... If you get the code again just go to the dealer to get them replaced under warranty and yes its now 10 year 120k miles, gm extended it for our cars due to them failing early. One thing i do have to tell you is to search the internet for the extended warranty on the cats as the dealer will give you bs and say its only 8 years and forget about calling up the gm hotline and asking cause they dont know either but once you give them the number to look up, oh yea look at that they extended the warranty...
    Any idea where to look up this extension on the warrenty?

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    Campaign - Catalytic Converter Warranty Extension
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetorangess View Post
    If your cats are bad they are bad, May have just had a hiccup, As far as the cats being bad GM extended the warranty to 10 years or 120,000 miles.... Free replacement
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    Thanks man, there refunding my money and getting it fixed under warrenty. I appreciate it!!!

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    I went to my dealership with this post in hand, after a small run around saying they were out of warrenty at 80K I got the manager to look up the code and Voila! sure enough, they will replace them for free. They wanted to charge me for a $90 diagnostic but then I told them that all 8 codes in the computer were related to either the left or right Cat so they waived the fee. I still have 3k more miles before the deal is Void and until July for the 10 years. I may put Headers and a full exhaust on anyway, and just leave it like it is. Still not decided.

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