My 1998 Honda Accord needs a catalytic converter. I had one replaced about 7 or 8 years ago at the dealership and at that time it was under warranty. I know this is what I need and I've been told that this car can't have an after-market converter; it has to have the Honda converter to the tune of almost $900. I can get one at the auto parts store and was wondering if this was an option. My car has over 234,000 miles and I need to drive it a while longer and it is almost due for auto emissions in my county.
Catalytic converter on 1998 Honda Accord
by Visitor in Marietta, GA on August 24, 2010
ANSWER by Superbob , August 25, 2010
Don't give up on aftermarket. Lots of good exhaust shops can install a better converter than what the factory supplied. I didn't say that the part is cheap, but it's probably a lot cheaper than a Honda part and would work fine. I speak from experience, 30+ years as a mechanic and 19 years with a Calif. smog license. One thing, if you need a converter, please check or simply replace your oxygen sensor as a weak O2 sensor can ruin a converter given some time and that's often what causes the failure.. the other thing that kills converters is oil consumption or a coolant leak into the exhaust stream, Honda is not invulnerable to that.
ANSWER by mastertech6371 , August 24, 2010
well, you answered your own question. if your car requires a dealer or oem part, then buying a cheap one from a parts house will be wasted money spent. Roy