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Old 08-03-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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My car failed Massachusetts inspection. The code is for my catalytic converter. Anyone know of cleaners etc that I can use so it will pass? I really don't want to shell out a trillion dollars straight away if I don't have to. Thanks!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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go to the muffler shop and get a generic one size fits all cat
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Considering aftermarket high flow cats are sold for my car for about $150 chances are you can get a generic replacement and have it welded in for less than $250.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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Just because you threw a code for the catalytic converter, doesn't mean it's the catalytic converter. It could just be a bad post-cat O2 sensor. Best step right now is to have the actual problem diagnosed and then go from there. The cost for the sensor or a cat can be pretty reasonable depending on how willing the shop doing the work is to find you the best deal. Unfortunately there is no "magic potion" cure for what you have going on.

The next question is how old is the car? If it's under 8 years old (from original date of purchase when new) and 80k miles, then the physical cat itself is covered under federal emissions warranty and would be replaced for free if that was determined to be the problem.
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