Some of the problems....
Most common is a rusted heatshield or band clamp... the only way is to look
Also possible.... broken catalyst monolith orruted baffle in the muffler....
again, there is a need to look and listen.
The internet is an aid - not a replacement....
Or one of the air tubes going into that cat is rotted off or broken,
rattling? Someone please stop me if I am incorrect, but I think the
oxygen IS the catalyst? Which if correct would lead me to believe not
enough air is getting into the cat (insufficient catalyst)? Definately
needs a visual inspection. I had to fix these years ago, forget if
there were any codes involved.
The catalyst is a small amount of noble metal inside the converter; it
promotes, but does not combine in the oxidation process.
In the early days of emission controls Ford had external air delivered to
the catalytic converters and a pump that provided it (called 'thermactor').
You will find that in my 1985 LTD, but it has been abandoned long before the
1998 model of the OP came out.
It sure seems suspicious that I get a rattle in the exhaust system
when the engine is running and I get the code "insufficient catalyst".
Is there an O2 sensor tht could be broken and flapping in the breeze?.
This car has 2 cats and I hoping that I don't need t replace both.
By the way, the engine runs great and gets good fuel economy,
insufficinet catalyst or not.
On 23 Nov 2006 22:14:18 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
One of your catalysts has broken apart internally and the parts are rattling
inside. Smack each converter with a rubber mallet, you'll find out which one it
pretty quick. The fault code definition will tell you also. Bank 1 is the right
bank 2 is the left side.
The defective catalytic converter has nothing to do with your engine's
performance or fuel economy. It has to do with the air we all breathe. The
code you see is from an 'open loop monitor' of the exhaust stream. The
engine management computer does not use it for anything, except for letting
you (and the emissions inspector perhaps) that something is amiss.
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