Q: Q: Catalytic converter

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I was told that I needed a flex pipe, as I have a leak, and its very loud! So I was figuring that I could get it welded, seeing that it's an old car, and I don't want to put a lot of money into it. I just had a transmission put in it last month. I took it to a muffler shop today. He says he can't weld it. That I would have to buy the complete catalytic converter with the flex pipe attached. Does this sound right? Your response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

My car has 183000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I would first check with another exhaust shop to get a second opinion. Sometimes the metal used or the flex pipe location will not allow a new pipe to be welded in.

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