87 Camry - replace Catalytic Converter

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Old 09 Jun 2009, 01:30 pm   #1 (permalink)
techtrainer
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Default 87 Camry - replace Catalytic Converter

Hi Folks:

Has anyone on this type of car needed to replace the Catalytic
Converter ?
for this car, the catalytic converter lies close to the engine
manifold.

My car failed California smog check and Cat seems to be culprit. If
you have
replaced this .. can you give me an idea on how big a job is this ..
and how
much this should cost (ballpark figure) ? I do understand cost varies
from place
to place and mechanic to mechanic.

I may be able to get assistance of upto $500 toward repairs from state
smog program .. so trying
to figure out if it is worth a shot trying.

Thank you.
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Old 11 Jun 2009, 06:17 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Jun 9, 1:30*pm, techtrainer <techtraine...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Folks:
>
> Has anyone on this type of car needed to replace the Catalytic
> Converter ?
> for this car, the catalytic converter lies close to the engine
> manifold.
>
> My car failed California smog check and Cat seems to be culprit. *If
> you have
> replaced this .. can you give me an idea on how big a job is this ..
> and how
> much this should cost (ballpark figure) ? *I do understand cost varies
> from place
> to place and mechanic to mechanic.
>
> I may be able to get assistance of upto $500 toward repairs from state
> smog program .. so trying
> to figure out if it is worth a shot trying.
>
> Thank you.


Are you just guesing its the cat, wrong move.
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Old 11 Jun 2009, 05:46 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Jun 11, 4:17*am, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Jun 9, 1:30*pm, techtrainer <techtraine...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Hi Folks:

>
> > Has anyone on this type of car needed to replace the Catalytic
> > Converter ?
> > for this car, the catalytic converter lies close to the engine
> > manifold.

>
> > My car failed California smog check and Cat seems to be culprit. *If
> > you have
> > replaced this .. can you give me an idea on how big a job is this ..
> > and how
> > much this should cost (ballpark figure) ? *I do understand cost varies
> > from place
> > to place and mechanic to mechanic.

>
> > I may be able to get assistance of upto $500 toward repairs from state
> > smog program .. so trying
> > to figure out if it is worth a shot trying.

>
> > Thank you.

>
> Are you just guesing its the cat, wrong move.


No .. this was the mechanic's suggestion, that may be the cat. I will
take it to a certified smog test/repair place .. and since I know it
will fail, I was trying to get ready for the expense. BTW .. I did
receive quotes ($450 parts+250 labor=$700 from dealer, $602 from AAA
car care plus repair place, and $588 from a certified smog repair
place). All are high .. and will only venture if state approves all
$500 I am allowed. This of course, is assuming it is the cat .. if
not, I am sure the cost will be lower. Thx
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Old 12 Jun 2009, 08:26 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Jun 11, 7:17*am, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Jun 9, 1:30*pm, techtrainer <techtraine...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > Hi Folks:

>
> > Has anyone on this type of car needed to replace the Catalytic
> > Converter ?
> > for this car, the catalytic converter lies close to the engine
> > manifold.

>
> > My car failed California smog check and Cat seems to be culprit. *If
> > you have
> > replaced this .. can you give me an idea on how big a job is this ..
> > and how
> > much this should cost (ballpark figure) ? *I do understand cost varies
> > from place
> > to place and mechanic to mechanic.

>
> > I may be able to get assistance of upto $500 toward repairs from state
> > smog program .. so trying
> > to figure out if it is worth a shot trying.

>
> > Thank you.

>
> Are you just guesing its the cat, wrong move.


Good bet he's not checked for a second opinion. . 1999 Camry CE with
1683k miles and original cat. Was told 4 years ago my tie rods were
gone at one place but other passed inspection. Finally changed them
last year at local garage. Beware of unscrupulous dealers!
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 02:40 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Jun 12, 6:26*am, norm46 <nrow...@roadrunner.com> wrote:
> On Jun 11, 7:17*am, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Jun 9, 1:30*pm, techtrainer <techtraine...@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
> > > Hi Folks:

>
> > > Has anyone on this type of car needed to replace the Catalytic
> > > Converter ?
> > > for this car, the catalytic converter lies close to the engine
> > > manifold.

>
> > > My car failed California smog check and Cat seems to be culprit. *If
> > > you have
> > > replaced this .. can you give me an idea on how big a job is this ..
> > > and how
> > > much this should cost (ballpark figure) ? *I do understand cost varies
> > > from place
> > > to place and mechanic to mechanic.

>
> > > I may be able to get assistance of upto $500 toward repairs from state
> > > smog program .. so trying
> > > to figure out if it is worth a shot trying.

>
> > > Thank you.

>
> > Are you just guesing its the cat, wrong move.

>
> Good bet he's not checked for a second opinion. . 1999 Camry CE with
> 1683k miles and original cat. Was told 4 years ago my tie rods were
> gone at one place but other passed inspection. Finally changed them
> last year at local garage. Beware of unscrupulous dealers!


Thanks .. much appreciated. In my case above quotes are only for
reference as the
work can be done only by state-certified shops. As long as they get
me in below $500
I am fine with it.
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