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What are the symptoms of a bad catalytic converter in a Dodge Dakota?

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Symptoms of a bad catalytic converter in a Dodge Dakota, or any vehicle, include exhaust issues and poor performance. Drivers also notice an offensive smell coming from the vehicle, similar to rotten eggs or sulfur.

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If the Dodge Dakota is producing dark or black exhaust from the muffler, it indicates that the catalytic converter is faulty. This also indicates a lot of carbon buildup in the engine. If a car is well taken care of, such as with regular maintenance and good fuel, the culprit is likely the catalytic converter.

Another symptom of a faulty catalytic converter is less efficient performance. One thing that occurs is the inability to drive the car at a normal speed even when the car is given a lot of gas. A driver may also notice a lot of jumping or jerking with no explanation when accelerating. The most tell-tale sign that a Dodge Dakota needs a new catalytic converter is the scent of sulfur and rotten eggs. The smell is difficult not to notice, and it almost always indicates the need for a new catalytic converter.

If a new catalytic converter is needed, the average cost ranges from about $500 to $900, as of 2015. Almost $300 of this cost is due to labor.

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