UK Audi 100 Avant 1991 2.0 litre 5cyl fuel injection RT engine.
The exhaust down pipe is in need of replacement, and the catalytic convertor
looks, ermmmm, rather delicate. I suspect its flange will not survive the
removal of the damaged down pipe.
Owing to its age (like me !) I do not feel the car warrants the expenditure
on a new and expensive catalytic convertor.
As I understand it, in UK, a car of this age does not *have*
to have a
catalytic convertor, nor does it need to pass the more stringent *cat*
emissions test for MOT test.
Now, the audi parts catalogue suggests that there is an optional straight
through pipe as an alternative to the catalytic convertor.
Alternatively, as with my 1989 (non-cat) saloon, there is an exhaust system
as opposed to
on my avant
The systems seeming to be identical for the latter two components.
I am thinking of obtaining replacement down pipe and (non-cat) front box.
This would make the exhaust system look like my 89 non cat vehicle.
However, the "cat" car has a lambda probe which is fitted to the top of the
down pipe upstream of the catalytic convertor, so the engine control system
is obviously different.
I appreciate emissions will increase, but what other consequences need I be
What actually happens if the Lambda probe is disconnected ? Does the engine
revert to some non lambda mode of operation, or does it totally confuse the
engine management ?
Searching google I found a thread where someone split a cat open, discarded
the innards, welded it up again and reported "No problem". It could well be
that my 13 year old cat is worn out in any case, so I may not in practice
be increasing pollution.
Any information / comments gladly received ...