Tag: catalytic converters

17 Posts

Toyota Tacoma SR5 has bad catalytic converter
Feb 16, 2016

Which Catalytic Converter is Broken on Ben's Tacoma?

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Ben is a broke college student and he's just learned that the catalytic converter on his Toyota Tacoma is bad. His dealer and a second mechanic agree that he can ignore it until he starts experiencing performance issues. The Car Talk Department of Automotive Ethics weighs in!

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Can you reuse a catalytic converter
Dec 10, 2015

Can an Old Catalytic Converter Be Cleaned?

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Norm wants to know if he can clean up his old catalytic converter and put it back in his car. Car Talk explains how catalytic converters are recycled, here.

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Saturn L100 fails smog test
Feb 26, 2015

Why Won't Car Pass Inspection?

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Nadine's son's car won't pass the smog inspection until he gets a new catalytic converter. Car Talk thinks someone pulled a fast one on him when he bought the car. 

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Dakota truck won't start when it's damp
Mar 24, 2014

Today: Truck Won't Start on Damp Days

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Bob had a water pump failure on his 2001 Dakota and ever since, the truck won't start on damp days. Tom and Ray say he can solve his problem, easy! Just move to a drier climate. Death Valley perhaps? Read the rest of their advice, right here.

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Honda Odyssey becomes hot after driven on highway
Jan 14, 2014

Today: No Fire, No Problem?

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After two hours on the highway, the floor and underside of the middle seat are hot to the touch in Beth's Honda Odyssey. Her mechanic says as long as nothing is glowing there's no problem. Tom and Ray disagree and think Beth's right to be worried. Read their theories on what's going on, right here.

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should I replace my catalytic converter or just sell the car
Apr 19, 2012

Patrick's Audi Failed Inspection: Should He Sell?

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Patrick's 2001 Audi needs a new catalytic converter but the cost of the repair nearly equals the value of the car. Tom and Ray think it might be worth it to fix the car in this case. Find out why right here.

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could we have detected the problem that caused our muffler to explode
Sep 01, 2006

Just What Would Cause Angela's Muffler to Explode?

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What would cause a muffler to explode? We just had work done on our '93 Saab 900S. It was running very sluggish up hills, and diagnostics showed several leaks in the exhaust pipes leading out of the catalytic converter. After...

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why am i getting better mileage without my catalytic converter
Feb 01, 2005

Can my Geo Metro get by without a catalytic converter...and a muffler?

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I have a ' Geo Metro with a -liter engine and a five-speed transmission I recently took my car four-wheeling and broke a few things OK OK I broke a lot of things -- the catalytic converter being one of...

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Sep 01, 1999

Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter would catch fire while driving?

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Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter would catch fire while driving -- Sharon TOM No RAY I've certainly never seen it happen And I've had cars come into the shop with converters that were absolutely glowing...

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Jul 01, 1999

How hot can a catalytic converter get before it causes damage?

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I have an exhaust question for you How hot can a catalytic converter get before there is damage The reason I'm asking is because a local muffler shop demonstrated with some sort of heat-detection device that while my engine was...

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