Well, my catalytic converters are totally shot, there was a plug up in
the exhaust, and it blew a hose somewhere i guess. something like 75%
power loss, and horrible gas mileage, the car is basically dead but i
have to drive to school and back.
my dad suggests that we can just gouge out the catalytic converters/
exhaust system, let the engine breath properly that way, and replace
the oil pan, replug the hose(s), and the car should run fine again.
comments? suggestions? i'm looking for help, i'm not really sure how
to go about this, but not having a car to reliably drive is really
driving me insane.
The car is designed so that it won't work properly without properly
functioning catalytic converters. The emissions system will be messed
up, which will be bad for the environment and your gas mileage.
I think this car needs to be fixed by someone who knows what he is
doing. It's not going to be cheap. You're going to need a new oil pan,
catalytic converters and apparently a new hose.
On Mon, 7 Jan 2008 20:01:14 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
If you live in California or New York (or one of the urban areas
that requires a biennial smog check) better get the cats replaced, and
whatever else needs fixing, the right way.
Because if you ream the catalytics out and put them back, the car
will run better but the computer will see it through the downstream
oxygen sensors (loss of catalyst function) and trip the Check Engine
Light. With a set code and lit CEL you aren't going to pass smog, so
no tags the next time they come up for renewal.
For the cat to die on a 9 year old car, you either drove the wheels
off, or got unlucky.
--<< Bruce >>--
On Mon, 07 Jan 2008 20:30:46 -0800, Bruce L. Bergman
Addendum - it'll run from the simple action of removing the exhaust
restriction, but not that much better overall. It will most likely go
into open-loop mode where the computer has to guess at the right fuel
mixture, and the performance and fuel mileage will suffer.
--<< Bruce >>--
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