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Catalytic converter

(1998 Honda Accord)
in Marietta, GA on August 24, 2010
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.
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on 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.
on 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
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