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Loss of Engine Power Due to Plugged Catalytic Converter on Buick Century

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The catalytic converter may become plugged resulting in loss of engine power. General Motors has extended the catalytic convertor warranty on some models to 10 years or 120,000 miles. Please contact your local GM dealer to see if your vehicle is included.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 118,305 (54,281–225,000)
5 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003
22 people reported this problem
Comments
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My car was losing power and couldn't hardly get up to speed, took it into my mechanic, and $275 later the car is good as new again! It actually got to the point that if I was going up a hill the car would start screeching as the exhaust would start pushing its was through things it wasn't supposed to.
I PAID $1800 TO GOOD YEAR REPAIR FOR A LIST OF THINGS A COMPUTOR SUGGESTED AFTER ONE WEEK AND A RENTAL CAR THEY DIAGNOSED THE CATALYTIC CONV. THEN THE LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN,AND THEY SAID IT WAS THE SENSORS I PAID another 300. after 2months aht light came on again.now what?
Loss of engine power that gradually was getting worse. Problem climbing hill's was worse than on level. Had the catalytic converter relace. Engine power is back to normal. I was not aware the the warranty was extended by GM to 10years or 120,000 miles.
Catalytic Converter plugged,had to replace to pass emissions. Also intake manifold leaking along
with head gaskets. Total cost-$1200.00
Plugged catalytic converter
Erratic power loss. Took vehicle to parts store where OBD codes were read indicating a catalytic converter failure. Found a new CC on Amazon.com for abt. $90.00, found a muffler shop that would remove the old CC and weld in the new one for $40.00. Total cost, $120-ish.
No power going up hill. Might b the catalytic converter, might b plugged. changed the tail pipe. still not driving right