DIY: Fixing exhaust squeak at idle 2014-2015
So, for nearly the entire time I've had my 2014 Mirage, I've had an intermittent squeak at idle. I figured it was just a loose accessory belt, so when I had a chance, I tightened it up. That did absolutely nothing. So, I got myself a new belt. That also did absolutely nothing. At this point, I figured it may be a bad bearing in the A/C compressor or water pump and I didn't feel like fixing that.
Fast forward a while, and the squeaking has gotten worse. It now is a continuous squeak at idle. So, a bit more investigation was done. I put the car up on ramps, and got under it to see where it was coming from. Here is what I found.
So, the exhaust was squeaking. The movement of the engine at idle moves the exhaust back and forth and it squeaks. I decided to fix this today.
To do this, I had to remove the catalytic converter. There are two bolts with springs on them at the back side.
The next step is to remove the CV joint heat shield. This one is a little tricky. One bolt is readily accessible, but the other is above the shield and you pretty much need a flexible socket joint to get at it. Here is a bad picture that shows the two bolts.
There are also two bolts with springs holding the CAT to the manifold. Again, that flexible socket joint will really help you here.
You will also have to unplug the oxygen sensor.
With all the bolts out, I pulled the rubber exhaust hanger off of the chassis hook to drop the rear exhaust down and out of the way. This allows you to pull the CAT section out.
Here is the front of the CAT section. You can see it seems that it has been rubbing since its got shiny metal vs dull or rusty metal.
The back side didn't seem to have any noticeable rubbing marks on it.
My solution to this issue is to try and put a coat of anti-seize on the joint. This will lubricate it and stop it from squeaking. I'm not sure how long it will last, but anti-seize is made to handle high heat, so I hope that it'll hold up for a while. My other option I was thinking of was brake caliper pin lubricant, but I wasn't sure it was safe for oxygen sensors and CATs...
I also put some anti-seize on the back. I figure it can't hurt.
I buttoned things back up in the reverse order. All in all, it was pretty quick and easy.
I do wonder if anyone else has this issue? I found it very annoying as anytime the car would idle, it would squeak.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 46.5 mpg (US) ... 19.7 km/L ... 5.1 L/100 km ... 55.8 mpg (Imp)