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#1335 of 2264 catylitic converter problem?
Apr 08, 2008 (5:51 pm)
Hello. I have a 1998 Honda Accord ex V-6 with a check engine light coming on reading a code of p420. So I know that I need to get a new catalytic converter but my question is what kind do I get? I spoke with Honda and their part is about $800.00 and then labor, tax, etc. Total would be around $1,100.00. I spoke with other shops and their total would be around $4-$600.00 depending on whether or not I replace the 2 O2 sensors. I have always gotten Honda parts put on my car, because I have learned my lesson the hard way before. The only thing is this part is really expensive and I am wondering if I purchase an aftermarket part, will it hold up as well? The aftermarket has a 5yr. warrenty/50,000 mi. but in my mind I shouldn't have to replace it again. Anyway, if anyone has suggestions on going with a Honda catylitic converter or not a Honda, I would love to hear from you. In the mean time, I am driving it but not as much for fear of possibly damaging other engine components? Thanks, Heather
#1336 of 2264 99 honda accord half dead or dead?
Apr 12, 2008 (8:06 am)
I have a '99 honda accord lx. I have had it for two years. Yesterday when I went to put it in reverse it made a grinding noise. I thought if it lightly put on some gas it would maybe catch but it just idled high and made the same grinding noise and wouldn't move. All my drives work from D4 to my lowest gear which is 1. I even put it in my lowest gear moved a lil and slowly put it in reverse but it still made the noise.
So... My question is would it be my tranny or something to do with linkage? I'm just upset if its my tranny already. I did everything getting my tune ups every year (that's all I could afford) and getting oil changes everytime I needed one. My mechanic said my tranny is gone. Another friend of mine who is a mechanic said it has to do with a linkage thing. What do you think? I thought if my tranny was gone would it still work in drive? I noticed it slipping a few times driving it. Sometimes it shifted hard too. I'm just bummed cuz I don't have my car I miss it already lol and I just wanna get to the bottom of it. Thanks!
#1337 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [mentiya]
Apr 12, 2008 (5:35 pm)
yeah, not cheap.
you can do better on the OEM price:
http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/auto/jsp/mws/prddisplay.jsp?inputstate=5&cat- - - cgry1=ACCORD&catcgry2=1998&catcgry3=4DR+EXV6&catcgry4=KA4AT&catcgry5=EXHAUST+PIP- - - E+%28V6%29
have you spoken to an independant shop?
personally if it were me with the 98, i'd go with an aftermarket CAT, and since most of these claim exact fit replacement, i'd do it myself (since I have a set of ramps).
if you aren't mechanically inclined and don't have a means of getting the car elevated for a DIY job (in a pinch, one can use the curb ) - i'd suggest speaking with an independant shop, asking if they have any experience going aftermarket in that area, then i'd ask how much would it cost for them to replace the unit (labor) if you acquired the part.
caveat: if it was a california model vehicle or operated in california, you might have to go new OEM or perhaps resalvaged OEM. research it.
#1338 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [mentiya]
Apr 12, 2008 (5:53 pm)
I recently had the same problem. My honda is a 4 cylinder. I bough the OEM catalytic converter from Majestic Honda in Rhode Island. the Cat is about 400 dollars, plus shipping. I purchased a new Catalytic converter, A pipe, oxygen sensor all hardware, hangers and heat shields. I took it all to the local muffler shop and for $100 plus tax they installed all. The car sounds great, no check engine light. I don't believe in after market parts. In my prelude many years back I went with after market exhausts and the car sounded like crap, I swore I would never do it again. The Honda stainless parts are a good quality part. The guys at the muffler shop even commented that the parts are of good quality compared to what they install.
#1339 of 2264 Re: 2000 Honda accord- replace headlight bulb [kinghanneman]
Apr 13, 2008 (8:40 am)
That was easy on the passenger side how about the drivers side
#1340 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [ivica]
Apr 15, 2008 (9:28 am)
Hey, I just want to say thank you for your help. I am not too mechanically inclined, however I am learning. It has been 4 months since my check engine light first came on and just recently it sounds like my car is getting a little louder. I have been trying to get as much information on this as I can and have been debating about an after market cat or a Honda cat. I know a mechanic and he has a Honda book (can't remember the name of it) where he can order a Honda cat for around $560.00. I think I am going to go that route after hearing you talk about your after market experience. I take really good care of my car and am not comfortable taking any shortcuts on it or cheaping out, however I am all about shopping around to get the best deal on a good quality part:) I did check Majestic Honda and I think the cat was around $600.00? I was also questioning whether I could purchase my own parts and then pay a shop to install, I wasn't sure if you could do that, so thanks for mentioning that. I think $560 isn't too bad considering all the Honda dealerships that I have contacted have quoted me $762.00 to $1,100.00 just for the cat itself! Then $84/hr. labor on top of that. I really want to thank everyone that responded to my message as I have read your advice and information carefully, and you have helped me in my decision making. Thanks again, and if you have anymore help to offer it would be greatly appreciated:) Heather
#1341 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [ivica]
Apr 15, 2008 (10:01 am)
Oh, I think I forgot to ask this...but if the catylitic converter gets too clogged ( if that is the case) would my car start to sound a little louder? Or would that be related to one of my mufflers? Thanks again, Heather:)
#1342 of 2264 Re: Alarm Randomly Getting Triggered? [holycrappitsjo]
Apr 15, 2008 (5:36 pm)
You need to change your hood latch. There is a sensor in hood latch, which gets screwed up, has to be changed. I had a 100%same problem, middle of the night alarm would come on. I got it from a wrecker, changed it, now I can lock the car and also sleep at night. Good Luck
#1343 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [mentiya]
Apr 16, 2008 (2:36 am)
you are asking a good question. the vehicle getting louder is generally a sign you have a hole somewhere in the exhaust system.
i know you are not mechanically inclined but you've done the appropriate sleuthing and research. a little more could pay off.
if you lived in a sub-division or know somewhere you could do this:
you could drive your car carefully 1/2 up onto the curb/yard, 1/2 on the street (and when I say 1/2 I mean driver's side on the street, passenger side on the curb/yard). the way to do this (without ramps is to use the driveway entrance, and instead of parallel parking to the curb, drive the passenger 1/2 of the car into the driveway and up on the curb). by doing so, your elevating 1/2 of the car (the whole passenger side) so you can scoot yourself under the car. this is the way you can get under a car without ramps or a lift...
now, put the emergency brake on. wait for the car to cool down (2 hours perhaps).
now scoot under the car on your back. trace the piping from the exhaust manifold down-pipe to the cat and back to the muffler looking for a hole. providing the piping is cold enough (remember how to use your wrist to sense temp before you touch something?) feel the pipe... the hole may not be visible but you can feel it.
look for any hole, disconnected pipe, even a dangling or missing O2 sensor. you know where to go on majestic's site to see the exploded view.
it's possible depending on where the hole is (or if a missing 02 sensor) that your problem isn't the CAT.
#1344 of 2264 Re: catylitic converter problem? [user777]
Apr 16, 2008 (3:13 pm)
Thank you, I will give this a try. My car isn't excessively loud but I notice a different sound when I am driving...just doesn't sound like it did before. Nevertheless I will check the exhaust system for a hole and check the O2 sensors. I still had that code P0420 from when my check engine light came on back in January. That is not a specific code for anything is it? Just the emissions system.....Honda read the code and said I need a new CAT and left it at that. Well, I guess before I get too carried away trying to figure this out, first things first....I will check like you said for hole or anything that doesn't look right. Thanks again for taking the time to help. Heather:)