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#34 of 150 Re: 2001 Toyota Camry 4Cyl Ck Eng Lt, P0420 [azmustang]
Apr 11, 2009 (11:52 am)
There is no good way to determine wich one is causing the light to come due to how they are tested is by looking at the rear o2 sensor and that sensor is monitoring both converters! But from experience aftermarket converters on these cars DO NOT WORK OR WORK FOR A VERY VERY SHORT TIME AND ARE A WASTE OF MONEY.Amazing how many garages have no clue and waste hard working peoples money. Take it back to the guy that put the aftermarket cat and let him fix it the rite way.
#35 of 150 Re: 2001 Toyota Camry 4Cyl Ck Eng Lt, P0420 [toptech]
Apr 13, 2009 (10:53 am)
I replaced mine just for laughs. $31.99 Autozone. 1987 Corolla. 4 cyl.
The new models have gone up. Does anyone go to junk yards? You can find cheaper prices and sometimes you get lucky and find a new part. A sensor should be easy to remove, (search blog 1990 Q-45, a trip to the junkyard). Although converters are sold for scrap and missing most of the time.
#36 of 150 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter
Apr 19, 2009 (10:59 am)
The check engine light came on about 600 miles into an 850 mile trip. Everything was OK and had it checked at dealer upon arrival. $101 for diagnosis and $767 estimate for new cat converter (code p0204). Let me chew on that!! My son called his trusted mechanic and was told $300 total. Then called my mechanic at home---he said drive it! I'm home in VA and light is still on but car runs OK. So, what's next? State inspection is in Sept.
#37 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [cbayhoo]
Apr 22, 2009 (4:54 pm)
U can drive it with no problems. But u may not get a sticker depending on or states emissions testing. Lol that suposid trusted mechanic is gona cost u alot more money in the long run. He is stupidly giving u a price on an aftermarket cat! I will give u 300 if it works because i know it will not! good luck with that. 767 is a good price from a dealer. And the code should be po 420 cat effeciency low bank 1.
#38 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [toptech]
Apr 23, 2009 (8:58 am)
Do you know that you're one of the reason's aftermarket catalytic converters, perfectly good catalytic converters, can be purchased so cheaply..??
A lot more profit/markup for factory converters so of course aftermarket, possibly from the exact same supplier but absent the factory logo/#, converters are a lot less expensive, inordinately so.
Supply & demand.
#39 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [wwest]
Apr 23, 2009 (3:11 pm)
Ur wrong. If u could read, u would see that this is the main problem people putting on aftermarket converters and having the same problem. Keep it up with the bad advise, U will be in the same boat as many on this thread. U must be like many other mechanics that put them on, and then when they dont work u have no clue what to do. Or how to propperly check one. Most aftermarket are not teir1 or lev complient.
#40 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [toptech]
Apr 23, 2009 (4:43 pm)
Compliant or not if the downstream oxygen sensor is "happy" then I'm happy.
#41 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [wwest]
Apr 23, 2009 (4:49 pm)
Well I have a pile of like new aftermarket converters,If u are intrested in them. No one pays more then 5 bucks for a used aftermaket converter. U get 5 to 10 times more for a used oe converter. I know why that is, do u?
#42 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [toptech]
Apr 24, 2009 (10:38 am)
"...I know why that is, do u?.."
Not even the after market service shops will install a non-OEM labelled converter, so the vendors are disposing of the stock on hand at firesale prices.
Is it because those non-OEM labelled converters are less efficient, less reliable, or is it because there is a LOT more profit to pocket if you begin with the pricing level of an OEM labelled converer...??
#43 of 150 Re: 2003 camery le check engine light/catalytic converter [toptech]
Apr 24, 2009 (10:44 am)
"...No one pays more than 5 bucks for a used aftermarket converter..."
Who, in their right mind, would buy a USED converter, aftermarket or otherwise...??
Maybe if I removed it myself from the low mileage donor car at the wrecking yard, otherwise I would be highly suspicious of the "source".