2003 Toyota Solara Q&A

2003 Toyota Solara Question: Can catalytic converter cause car to lose power, shake, and make brakes hard?

Changed the top catalytic converter and the car goes about 2 miles and loses power, shakes, and brakes smell like they are burning. Once car cools down for about 20 mins can drive but will happen again. -
Answer 1
Have the brakes checked to see if they are still applied without pushing pedel, ASAP. Possible fire danger if the brakes get hot enough!! Possible brake booster, master cyl.etc! -
Comment 1
but all os this happens at the same time the car loses power, starts shaking, and then the brakes smell like they are burning. Would a bad brake booster or master cylinder case all these problems if their bade? -
Answer 2
A restricted or plugged cat can cause loss of power. Don't forget you still have a downstream cat and a muffler that could plug up. This should not be a problem with an experienced PAT(PROFESSIONAL AUTO TECH) to diagnose it. -
Answer 3
you likely have contaminated brake fluid(power steering fluid) is what we see most. take the master cylinder cap off , flip upside down , look at the rubber - if swelling the you got problems. at a minimum m/cyl , front brake lines and front calipers w/ a flush. anything the power steering fluid touches (petroleum based) will stick and swell. and the answer is no , you cannot flush it out and and be done with it as it sticks to rubber. -