Step one DO NOT GUT THE CATS!!!! You will only create more problems in the future, just replace them as you stated. As for the white smoke I hope it's just trans fluid and not a blown head gasket. How does the oil look? Is there any "peanut butter" in the oil and or coolant?
/thisim not saying to leave it that way, just to test if the eng is blown. no point in putting on a new cat with a junk eng. at least this will show us where he stands
So today I called around couple of muffler shops in Broward here and get the best price to cut the bad Cat and just leave it like that without. None of them would do it. It's illegal they said. Duh!
They all said the the only way to go is to replace it with a new cat universal fit and i'm looking at $350 and up.
Last mech i talked to he said the best thing for my lincoln is not to put a new one. Just take the bad one out and even tho is illegal- and he hates replacing it. Since its not a good idea, well why would u tell me that if u not gonna do it for me.
Nobody will all this muffler shops. Besides the money part $400 more or lessto change it, I'm thinking even if i will replace the cat with a new one... Its just gonna mess it up again the new one if I dont fix the white smoke problem first or at least find out what cause that in the first place
i can picture the guy rubbing 2 fingers together while saying it and making this face :shifty:Because he was giving you an option, but you didn't know how to... again, "grease the wheel"
+100 hes actually gonna have to go out and look at the car, only so much that can be done over the interwebzWhy don't you figure out where and why you've got white smoke/steam coming out of the engine first, before you start throwing parts at the car? Now, it could very well be the cat(s) is/are plugged, but if you've got a blown headgasket or something more serious, what's the point of putting new cats on the car?
I think that's if the cat is getting fed extra rich exhaust making it overheat. IE you have a bad sparkplug or your O2sensors are going. If it's already melted inside and plugged IDK if it will glow. Anyway it should be easy to test. Drive the car up a steep hill at night and look under the car at the cats at the top. If they're glowing dull red you've got issues.Someone correct me if I'm wrong but if the cat is truly plugged won't it begin to glow after running for some time. Can't he just run it for a while and look for it?
Yes, it does have a weird smell, like a burned plastic or something like that. The engine is cold now haven't crank it on since but as soon as i open the hood i can still smell it it that area, by the intake side, upper corner
Step1=Gut your cats and see if that fixes anything
If step 1 fails then your engine probably junked out.
So tomorrow i will cut the cathalyst converter out, the bad one. Actually i was thinking to replaced it with a new universal one from advance auto parts but thats just another expense. So i'll just take it out on the passenger side and see if thats works. I hope it'll stop the white smoke.
I still don't know where the white smoke coming from because it's not from the cat. It's somewhere between the back of the engine and the wall itself that splits the engine compartment from the interrior. A small hole with an oval shape lets the smoke out thru there.
I would think the CEL would have come on long before the cats were completely plugged up.
Car overheated a week ago and I had to change broken belt, water pomp and idler pulley all at once. I completed the coolant reservoir (3 gallons in). Everything was alright until today.
Car start shaking really bad when i was accelerating, it had no power at all to move and a white smoke came out from the back of the engine(not thru the pipes in the back).
he said they were already bad, the saving money part is so he doesn't fukk up the new cat, by paying to have it installed just to trash it when he fills it with coolantAnd to gut out a catalyc converter to eliminate a possible issue is ridiculous. If the cat is not the issue after one guts it, then the OP would have to purchase said cat since it was gutted and not the issue. So money saved theory is incorrect.