I have a 97 Taurus wagon.... drives great... just had some of the exhaust
replaced.. muffler and a couple of pipes.... It failed inspection because
the check engine light is on, and the inspector say's it the catalytic
converter... outside of the light, it seems fine... The mechanic said, maybe
he can figure something out to get it to pass... I really don't want to
replace it $$$$$. He reset the light and in 2 days it came back on.. So any
ideas how to pass the inspection. thanks J
Ummmmm... fix the problem??? Nobody enjoys spending money on auto repairs...
especially when it is an older vehicle. Sadly, if we are to continue using
this vehicle, we must do what is required.
If yours showed signs of poor catalyst efficiency, your mechanic could check
the downstream O2 sensor but these rarely fail. If the catalytic converter
has indeed failed, you are asking people how to pass inspection with a
faulty emission control device and expecting these same people to breathe
the emissions you will leave in your wake....
Zero pollution is a pipe dream that we will never achieve. However, as
responsible adults, it is up to each and every one of us to reduce the
"footprint" we leave behind.
Makes you wonder if part of the exhaust that was replaced was the cat.
Replaced with something thats not a cat. First I would make sure there
isnt an exhaust leak before the after cat O2 sensor. (because the recent
Gut it and straight-pipe it. As in, you have to run a pipe through
the cat. You can't just gut the cat and leave it, the check engine
light will come on. Now of course you have to be good friends with
your mechanic to have him do this ;)
not if the problem is the check engine light is on.....see? your not
fixing anything. what happens is the cat wears out and acts just like no
cat (like your straight pipe), the O2 behind the cat sees its not
working so the light comes on......
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