Catalytic Converters
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If you replaced the catalytic converter on a 1996 Oldsmobile Achieve because it became red hot and stopped up and now the car jerks and has hardly any power what is wrong?

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2006-01-13 07:17:27
2006-01-13 07:17:27

cat. con. honeycomb material may have gone downstream and is plugging the muffler. this happened to me; had to get a nerw muffler.

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