My check engine light comes on intermittently. My Mechani...

My check engine light comes on intermittently. My Mechanics says I need a new [catalytic converter](/topics-catalytic-converter-jeep/) and it will cost $1500. Is that reasonable? Mechanic's Assistant: Does the light stay o...

My check engine light comes on intermittently. My Mechanics says I need a new [catalytic converter](/topics-catalytic-converter-jeep/) and it will cost $1500. Is that reasonable? Mechanic's Assistant: Does the light stay on, or does it blink? Stays on for awhie then goes off. No particular times Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car? 2007 Jeep Commander Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Commander yourself? What have you tried so far? Got the code causing the error. mechanic says i need a new catalytic converter

Automotive Expert
Hi! Welcome to JustAnswer. Thank you for contacting us for assistance with your vehicle. I'm Ron. I will be happy to assist you with your question. May I ask to whom I have the pleasure of speaking with today?
Automotive Expert
Hi Tony. Nice to see you today! I'm sorry to hear you are having this problem. I know this can be frustrating. Tony, may I have the engine size in your Jeep?

Automotive Expert
Perfect. Thank-you, Tony. Please give me one moment to type out some information for you. Sit tight one minute... I'll be right back! Thanks for holding, Tony. When replacing a converter, you will need a replacement converter that meets specs. Those "universal" or "discount" converters sold at some after market parts stores do not meet specs, and the Check Engine Light will usually return shortly after replacement. So, with that said, a good quality, aftermarket converter will sell for around $800-$900. The Labor Time Guide calls for 2.1 hours to complete the job. Labor rates vary from shop to shop, so what you pay for labor will effect the bot\*\*\*\*\* \*\*\*\*\*ne. For a job of this type, a "fair" labor rate can be anywhere from $85-$125 per hour. So the estimate of $1500 is just a bit on the high side.

I think I actually mis typed. the estimate was $1300.
Automotive Expert
Still a bit on the high side, but definitely close.

should that solve the problem? should I expect a warrantee?
Automotive Expert
Is the converter being replaced due to a check engine light with the code P0420 or P0430?

How can I tell if the converter installed is "Spec" I don't know the code#'s
Automotive Expert
If the check engine light is on and the p-codes are either P0420 or P0430, yes, a new converter will solve this issue. A converter meets specs if it is a "direct fit" (no cutting/welding) and usually has a guarantee either on the box or inside the box. Most better quality converters have a 1-year warranty.

Thank you for your help! I apprciate it!
Automotive Expert
You're welcome, Tony! Glad I could be of some help today! I hope everything works out well for you! Have a great weekend! Thank you for choosing Just Answer for your questions!

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