PT Cruiser Forum  
Advertisements
       

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > Tech & Performance Forum

PT Cruiser Forum

Advertisements
Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

 
Like Tree17Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 16 Apr 2018, 04:33 pm
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Posts: 6,966
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by Herr_Nomer View Post
I've got my car in the shop now and the mechanic is 50/50 between a clogged catalytic converter or the timing belt having jumped a tooth.

As far as the radiator fan is concerned, low speed doesn't work, but high speed initiates fine.
If you take the Catalytic Converter off the Pt Cruiser you have a pretty good idea if it is clogged up. I used a strong light on one end of the CAT on my Pt Cruiser and with the 02 sensor removed it was obvious on my CAT it was clogged up.
Herr_Nomer likes this.
__________________
If at First You Don't Succeed - Try, Try Again
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 17 Apr 2018, 02:18 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 25
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by rambojoe View Post
a ase certified (or any) mechanic with a vacuum gauge and one good eye wouldn't be 50/50 on anything for more than 5minutes.... just saying.
I was concerned about that, myself. He said he'd have to remove the exhaust manifold to determine a clog, as his removal of the downstream O2 sensor to allow for more airflow didn't steer him toward or away from the possibility of a clog.


Quote:
Originally Posted by ptcruisersteve View Post
If you take the Catalytic Converter off the Pt Cruiser you have a pretty good idea if it is clogged up. I used a strong light on one end of the CAT on my Pt Cruiser and with the 02 sensor removed it was obvious on my CAT it was clogged up.
Unfortunately, my CAT is welded in or I would've attempted this, myself. I was so disappointed when I crawled under to discover that.


I called back for another update today, and now he thinks there may be another issue, altogether. He says they're getting deeper into the engine and checking the timing and suspects that there may be something else wrong, but didn't elaborate.
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 17 Apr 2018, 02:44 pm
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Posts: 6,966
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

How many quarts of engine did it take to bring it to the full line when you found the oil dip stick had no oil on it?
__________________
If at First You Don't Succeed - Try, Try Again
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 17 Apr 2018, 04:06 pm
Regular Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Phoenix AZ
Posts: 185
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by Herr_Nomer View Post
I was concerned about that, myself. He said he'd have to remove the exhaust manifold to determine a clog, as his removal of the downstream O2 sensor to allow for more airflow didn't steer him toward or away from the possibility of a clog.




Unfortunately, my CAT is welded in or I would've attempted this, myself. I was so disappointed when I crawled under to discover that.


I called back for another update today, and now he thinks there may be another issue, altogether. He says they're getting deeper into the engine and checking the timing and suspects that there may be something else wrong, but didn't elaborate.
again, all a mechanic needs is a vacuum gauge to see if the cat is clogged- and if cam timing is off.... but I'm stupid, I cant figure out how to quote one line from a post... :/
Herr_Nomer likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 17 Apr 2018, 04:29 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 25
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ptcruisersteve View Post
How many quarts of engine did it take to bring it to the full line when you found the oil dip stick had no oil on it?
About 2
Reply With Quote
  #26 (permalink)  
Old 17 Apr 2018, 06:33 pm
rckstein's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,703
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by rambojoe View Post
... but I'm stupid, I cant figure out how to quote one line from a post... :/
When you click on the Quote button, you can then change, or edit, anything between the 2 Quotes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rambojoe View Post
again, all a mechanic needs is a vacuum gauge to see if the cat is clogged- and if cam timing is off.... but I'm stupid, I cant figure out how to quote one line from a post... :/
For instance in your original post from above, when I clicked Quote, I then removed part of your post.
__________________

'06 Touring Edition NA Automatic
157k Miles / Electric Blue Pearl
USMC '82 - '93

Last edited by rckstein; 17 Apr 2018 at 06:35 pm.
Reply With Quote
  #27 (permalink)  
Old 18 Apr 2018, 09:27 am
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 25
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Ok, looks like it's the CAT. Compression test reads 5, apparently

Last edited by Herr_Nomer; 18 Apr 2018 at 09:31 am.
Reply With Quote
  #28 (permalink)  
Old 18 Apr 2018, 10:09 am
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Posts: 6,966
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

When you replaced the timing belt two years ago was the engine head removed and valve guides and seals replaced?
__________________
If at First You Don't Succeed - Try, Try Again
Reply With Quote
  #29 (permalink)  
Old 18 Apr 2018, 10:42 am
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 25
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ptcruisersteve View Post
When you replaced the timing belt two years ago was the engine head removed and valve guides and seals replaced?
Looking at the repair order, now:

Timing belt complete kit -- $302.94
Engine mount - front right upper -- $75.29
Engine mount - front lower -- $84.14
Serpentine belt -- $22.68
Serpentine belt -- $27.03
Labor -- $662.20
Reply With Quote
  #30 (permalink)  
Old 18 Apr 2018, 12:48 pm
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Posts: 6,966
Default Re: Possible Clogged Catalytic Converter

Quote:
Originally Posted by Herr_Nomer View Post
Looking at the repair order, now:

Timing belt complete kit -- $302.94
Engine mount - front right upper -- $75.29
Engine mount - front lower -- $84.14
Serpentine belt -- $22.68
Serpentine belt -- $27.03
Labor -- $662.20
Does it say what brand the timing belt complete kit is? Just wondering if the head gasket kit is included with the timing belt complete kit.
__________________
If at First You Don't Succeed - Try, Try Again
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Catalytic Converter - can I do myself? ceil99 Tech & Performance Forum 9 31 Jul 2015 04:51 pm
catalytic converter TheAstronomer Tech & Performance Forum 14 29 Jul 2013 08:10 pm
Catalytic converter & turbo scotchwriter General Turbo Discussions 6 27 Nov 2010 04:35 pm
clogged catalytic coverter what do i do? anthony_plumlee Tech & Performance Forum 8 24 Feb 2009 04:23 pm
Catalytic Converter CHROMEDCRUISER Tech & Performance Forum 2 13 Feb 2005 08:00 am


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:05 pm.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vB.Sponsors