Re: what r signs of a bad cat. (DeLTA_SHocK)
I was thinking the same thing. Our large male cat has taken to jumping up and peeing in the bathroom sink if he see you sitting on the toilet. Seriously, he walks by, sees you in the bathroon, and must think, "oh, it's time to pee? O.k." It really is sort of funny.
Although the rattle can be the internals of the cat falling apart, also crawl under and hit the heat shield. I used to get pebbles that would work their way between the heat shield and cat every now and be slightly too big to fall through the holes. Really does make a racket.
Have you noticed any fall-off in performance? I have a friend that had the converter collapse. The great increase in back pressure really kills performance. A mechanic put the car up on a lift, loosened the exhaust manifold, and the car started running much better.
This is after one of the major tire/repair places wanted to replace the transmission.
We then took the car to another place, Aamco, I believe. The mechanic took us out for a drive in the car, and said that he wasn't sure what it was, but he was sure it wasn't the transmission. He then told us to go up the street to a friend and ask that he put the car on a lift and loosen the exhaust manifold to see what happens, as he suspected the converter was the problem.
[Modified by Cooper, 9:13 AM 2-9-2002]
[Modified by Cooper, 10:31 AM 2-9-2002]