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Big Megger
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Hi,

i'm hoping someone can help me.

I've got a Mk2 mondeo 1.8i petrol (2000 on an X).

I've had an exhaust rattle for about a month and thought it might be the baffles or exhaust mounts. It was barely noticeable at low revs or idle and went away at acceleration or crusing speed.

Now it's more constant and louder and I have reduced power. 5th gear 70mph, no more acceleration. Also noticeable pulling away at roundabouts etc.

Is this the cat? I know a bit about cars, not much. Hence asking the people up to the know. I should buy a Haynes book!

I took it to Kwik-Fit. They said it was the CAT and want £170 include VAT and fitting. Rapid Fit want £336 and another Fords wants £400.

If it is the cat is Kwik-Fit okay and a good price?

Many thanks,

Paul
 

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MEG Sergeant
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yep sounds like it could be the cat Personally I wouldn't go near kwik-fit myself But i wouldn't go to ford at that price either :)
 

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One time Mondeo owner - now an outlaw!
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I know this is of no help to you, but a few months back mine started rattling around the cat area, so I assumed the worse. But it stopped a few days later and I haven't heard it since! :crazy:

Still puzzled now...
 

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Big Megger
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Cheers people for the replies. I'm not sure what to do. They're the only two around here that'll do an exhaust on the Mondeo.

Others i've asked said 'well it'll be about this much, but not too sure as i've never done one, might cost more, depends on this etc'. So the minute they start talking like that I walk away.

Wouldn't attempt it myself as i'd probably end up with a farting car!
 

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Big Megger
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[quote name=mondeo.man662]Quick check mate, i used to work at kwik fit and yes there ok :L

But before u do, take the heat shield off the bottom off the car, mine used to rattle and i did this and it stopped!!

Good luck :L[/quote]

I wouldn't know where to begin doing that. Most i've ever done is the filters, plugs and oils etc. I'll have a look tonight.

The heat shield wouldn't cause the drop of power would it? :innocent:

Cheers guys. :thankyousign:

I'll put my behind in gear to get it sorted. Driving an old 405 GRDT with no heater at the moment. Didn't want to damage the Mondy.

Cheers
 

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MEG Corporal
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Another thought is that a baffle is collapsing in one of the boxes and restricting the flow.

What kind of driving do you do? If you do a lot of short journeys then the chances are that it could be one of the boxes, as water will sit in them and rust out the internals.
 

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Big Megger
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I do a ten minute, five mile drive to work in the mornings and back again. Five days a week. Then three evenings a week, I do a twenty-four mile round trip to my girlfriends. Odd motorway driving every other week.

On a side note, it's the original exhaust, the cars an x plate with 60000 miles.

Paul.
 

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smoggy
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exactly the same when my cat went, cost £69+ vat from partco, not too bad to fit if your handy with a spanner
 

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Big Megger
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Cheers guys.

I guess i'll take it to KwiK-Fit.

To be honest i'm not confident with doing it myself and there is no way i'm paying the prices Ford want. I know it's a £100 it's costing me to fit but at least it'll be sorted. I want to travel up to see my Dad this weekend.

One last question if it was the baffles and i've being misquoted as such. How much would they charge to fix the baffles normally.

If that was like a £20-£40 job and they charge me for a cat that would be a major rip off.

Many thanks again for everyones help.

Edit: Considering I have no ramps or way of getting under the car. (I've only got a set of axle stands). It seems like even if I was confident of doing it, it'll cost me a lot in tools.
 

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MEG Corporal
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The only way to replace the baffles is to replace the exhaust sections that have them, be it the middle section or back box section or both. Cost wise, I have no idea, but I would imagine between £40-£100+ fitted (only guessing there).

Hope that helps.
 

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Big Megger
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Cheers,

the noise is directly under the drivers door towards the front axle, so it sounds like it's coming from the cat.

Many thanks again.

I'm thinking of stripping the old Peugeot 405 and just tinkering to help me learn my way around motors a bit.
 
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