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Greetings<p>My 2001 S60 has been having a check engine light come on intermittently over the last year and my mechanic says it needs a new Catalytic Converter for $1,300. I live in CA if that matters.<br>Any reason not to have him but in a MAGNAFLOW 46000 SERIES UNIVERSAL FIT CATALYTIC CONVERTER? I found that on the internet for $210 plus installation?<br>I will own this car about another year or 2 tops and $1,300 seems really steep for a car with 110k miles on it.<br>What would you do?<br>Thanks
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (surfsd)

If you worry about the visual, you need to get a cat that has a CARB cert number for 2001 S60. I'm sure they are around already. A universal cat does not pass the visual says the law.<p>If you take the car to a right smog station, you can put anything under there. A perfect time to get the Phuz down pipe, more power and half the price.<p>The car does not necessarily need a cat though. It's more likely that the rear O2 sensor is bad.
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (surfsd)

You might consider getting a rear O2 estension AKA cell boss to make the CEL go away<p>Not technically legal but will allow you to pass emmisions if you state is one where they just connect tothe OBD-2 port to check for error messages
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (Mika)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mika</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you worry about the visual, you need to get a cat that has a CARB cert number for 2001 S60. I'm sure they are around already. A universal cat does not pass the visual says the law.<p>If you take the car to a right smog station, you can put anything under there. A perfect time to get the Phuz down pipe, more power and half the price.<p>The car does not necessarily need a cat though. It's more likely that the rear O2 sensor is bad.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep, doing a little more research, there is a big issue using just any Cat in CA <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> The Volvo part is almost $1,000 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I sure hope a new rear 02 sensor works.
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (jstro)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jstro</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You might consider getting a rear O2 estension AKA cell boss to make the CEL go away<p>Not technically legal but will allow you to pass emmisions if you state is one where they just connect tothe OBD-2 port to check for error messages</TD></TR></TABLE><p>California is a little more strict than that. <p><br>If im not mistaken, the visual portion states that it has to be in the oem location, not the oem part. It still has to clean the exhaust properly, such as the OEM part should be doing.
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (Turb04S60)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Turb04S60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>California is a little more strict than that. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Damn liberals
 

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Re: Catalytic Converter OEM needed? (jstro)

i know someone just did this in the s40 fourm but if you want to know about CATs than this would probly help<p><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4<br>" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4<br></A><p>enjoy! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cjones16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">$455<br>at rockauto.com<br>Chris</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks Chris, I looked and for a NA engine came up with this:<p>2001 VOLVO S60 2.4L 2435cc L5 FI [B5244S] : Exhaust : Exhaust Manifold and Catalytic Converter Price Core Total <br>DEC Part # VO3527 {Exhaust Manifold and Catalytic Converter<br>Up and Thru eng.number 2680830.<br><B>NOT Approved for Sale in Califonia </B>#8603068} $750<p>That price is $300 less than my mechanic quoted the part at, but it doesn't have a CARB# that is required in CA. Maybe I could drive to NV or AZ and have a non CA part installed there???<br> <br> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by surfsd at 7:23 PM 4-21-2009</i>
 

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Just reset the check engine light. (If you have an OBD II scanner, this would help immensely.) You should be able to drive the car around and every system should get ready, with the catalyst being the last one to go in. When that happens, get the inspection done as soon as possible and do not shut the car off.<p>Next, some catalytic converters will satisfy the computer, but they still might not be CARB legal. Trust me, I don't think the guy doing the inspection will notice. Ask yourself if you think they know what the OEM piece looks like?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Paysts</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Some catalytic converters will satisfy the computer, but they still might not be CARB legal. Trust me, I don't think the guy doing the inspection will notice. Ask yourself if you think they know what the OEM piece looks like? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I am with you guys on the CARB legal part, but as Turbo04S60 stated, I really don't think it matters if it has a CARB#. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Turb04S60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>If im not mistaken, the visual portion states that it has to be in the oem location, not the oem part. It still has to clean the exhaust properly, such as the OEM part should be doing.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Heck, I could have had it installed last November, prior to the rule change. Thing is, a CA shop will not install it without the expensive CARB#, hence my thought process in having it installed out of state. Blowing a day driving is worth $900 to me if I can get that done.<br>Thoughts???<br>
 

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call fcp and see what they can get for you..<p>OR find a low mile t5 in the salvage yard...and get the downpipe/cat
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Impulse922</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">call fcp and see what they can get for you..<p>OR find a low mile t5 in the salvage yard...and get the downpipe/cat</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Most junkyard here will not sell cats.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Paysts</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just reset the check engine light. (If you have an OBD II scanner, this would help immensely.)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I have been known to do this (its worked every time too). <p>I have found that it depends heavily on who you go to, to get your smog check. <p>Some dudes are complete Nazis and others could care less.
 

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There is an 8 year warranty on all Cat's. I don't know if CA has a different rule. Call Volvo and see what they say, it may be covered.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tiny</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">There is an 8 year warranty on all Cat's. I don't know if CA has a different rule. Call Volvo and see what they say, it may be covered.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>8 year/ 80,000 miles... so its out of warranty..
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>surfsd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I am with you guys on the CARB legal part, but as Turbo04S60 stated, I really don't think it matters if it has a CARB#. <p>Heck, I could have had it installed last November, prior to the rule change. Thing is, a CA shop will not install it without the expensive CARB#, hence my thought process in having it installed out of state. Blowing a day driving is worth $900 to me if I can get that done.<br>Thoughts???<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Look for a Cheech and Chong kinda shop, they'll do it for some extra $$$.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Paysts</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Look for a Cheech and Chong kinda shop, they'll do it for some extra $$$.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Funny, so I will just drive across the border to TJ and sniff me out an exhaust shop. I think I would have better luck in Yuma AZ and that is only a 2 hour drive.
 

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google is always your friend:<p><A HREF="http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermktcat/installcatq&a.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/a...a.pdf</A><p><br><A HREF="http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermktcat/exemptcat09.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/a...9.pdf</A><p><br>hope those help a little bit.
 
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