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tom.williams 07-05-2015 11:08 AM

Catalytic converter HELP
I have a 2003 Honda Civic. I believe my catalytic converter has broken up inside since every now and then I hear rattles and the engine light came on. My mechanic verified that it's the cat. I was trying to see what my options were. I know it is not a part that the car needs to run however I don't want my engine to get damaged due to clogged up exhaust. But it is a pretty expensive part. I just need advice on wether I should clean it out with cleaner and chill or would that be a waste of time and I should just replace it?

P.S. I am a broke college student, I'm trying to see whatever is more cost effective. But if you guys think it should be replaced I understand. Which begs the question I've seen some aftermarket cheap cats, are they worth it?

Sorry for the long story and a big thank you to whomever chooses to answer this.

enderx475 07-05-2015 01:09 PM

I haven't heard of any methods for 'cleaning out' the cat that really work. You should call around to some exhaust shops in your area and get some quotes for replacing the cat. Be warned, a lot of shops will try to **** you by insisting that the whole exhaust be replaced, don't buy it. Depending on your state it's actually illegal to replace just one bit of the exhaust (it must be replaced in its entirety) but there's almost always a shop who will be willing to work with you.

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