I mentioned in a thread or two that my throwout bearing was almost dead and that my clutch was slipping... I ordered a new OEM LuK Clutch kit and had it installed tonight/this morning.
4:00 a.m. I am half way home I stopped at a stop sign and heard this horrendous growl/rattle/grinding noise...... I am flipping out, swearing so badly I think I invented a whole new language.... I called my buddy that installed the clutch kit for me and he listened to it through my phone....
I turned around, met him at the shop, put the car on the hoist and we listened....
What do you suppose it was? Random wild guess? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Ok, so.... it was this:
My right hand Magnaflow High Flow cat that was part of this piece of crap overpriced, ill fitting, poorly bent, 99-04 MUSTANG V6 EXHAUST X-PIPE W/ CATS
has fallen apart inside the housing.
9 months and around 6,000 miles this thing decides to fragment and crumble for no reason. I have not bottomed out harshly, I have not scraped the ground to an excessive degree... From the bottom side the cat looks fine.
Now what? I gotta buy a new cat for my car? I sent Mandrel Exhaust an email explaining my predicament and requesting a replacement cat. I offered to send an unlimited amount of photos and video....
I read that Magnaflow offers a 5 year, 25,000 mile warranty on the internals... now all I have to do is figure out a way of doing an exchange that ends up costing me less than buying a new cat out of my own pocket.
(yeah, I know.... good luck sucker....)
Anyway, I feel like I am preparing for battle and ya know, it shouldn't be this way... I shouldn't feel like I am taking on an adversarial role in order to simply return a defective product. But we all know that is the way it is going to be, and it is going to suck... I will get NO support, I will get an endless list of excuses as to why it is my fault, and it will cost me a pile of cash.
(insert long string of newly invented profanities)