Consider this a warning to anyone who is considering doing this!
In the US it is a Federal offense to remove any part of the emissions system!
If you are caught, as the vehicle's owner, you could face as much as $10,000 in fines.
AND anyone who does the work or helps (i.e. the mechanic, a friend, whoever) also faces up to $10,000 in fines.
Please be aware that there is ALSO a $10,000 reward for anyone who turns in someone who has removed or altered an emissions system - owner or mechanic.
Even if you live in an area where emissions testing is not required, you are not exempt from this regulation and you will still run the risk of being caught.
That is an awfully steep fine, IMO. I'd think twice before proceeding.
In any case you could at least check into the laws regarding this, in case the data I was given was wrong. But I had an ASE Master Technician tell me this! It's part of his job to stay on top of Federal and local regs.
If you want to repair your own emissions system, be careful and consider this first: Unless you can weld, and weld well, go ahead and let a professional do anything that has to do with the emissions/exhaust system. While it is possible to go to autozone and buy your own catalytic converter etc and put it on, it takes a lot of time unless you have the entire system in one piece. I recently replaced my exhaust from the catalytic converter back (the converter was still good), it passed but I had to piece together a exhaust system and it was the biggest ordeal ever. Stay away from Exhaust repairs if you can help it. They are tough!
Yes, it is part of the emissions system and the vehicle will not run correctly with it removed. It is also illegal to remove it.
It is illegal to remove any emissions control devices from a vehicle.
your vehicle must have an emissions test for registration renewal, beginning when it is five years old. If your vehicle requires an emissions test, you will receive a reminder as part of your vehicle licence renewal application
Low Emissions Vehicle
low emissions vehicle
The 'Service Engine Soon' light is required by the OBD-II standard for vehicle systems. It is required to light when a malfunction occurs that will increase the emissions level of your vehicle. The 'Service Vehicle Soon' light is simply a safety item to tell you something is wrong, even if it's not engine or emissions related.
Buy a lower emissions vehicle or take public transportation.
That would depend on the type of vehicle. If it is a low emissions vehicle you have to go with the oem catalytic converter.
Yes, it is illegal to remove the converter without replacing it with a new one.
You can if you want to but the vehicle won't pass emissions and the check engine light will remain on.
its an antique vehicle
Low Emissions Vehicle?