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Old 11-03-2009, 08:20 AM   #1
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O2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

My Honda dealer is telling me that the catalytic converter needs to be replaced at 81,000 miles.

I don't understand why the O2 sensor did not fail first.

The dealer says the O2 sensors are fine.

$1000+ to repair - but i'm going to another dealer for a 2nd opinion.

input from you folks is appreciated.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: o2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

my dealer told me my cat failed about 100,000 miles ago, didnt get it replaced, all is good.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: o2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

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my dealer told me my cat failed about 100,000 miles ago, didnt get it replaced, all is good.
Isn't it under warranty till 100K ?
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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Isn't it under warranty till 100K ?
correction.... looked back at my post(miles run together),it was about 60,000 miles ago. Mine was at 130,000 when this happened....

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:19 AM   #5
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Re: o2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

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Isn't it under warranty till 100K ?
8/80 on cats, at least on my 2006. At 81K, Amy, you should ask your Honda dealer to contact Honda and see if they will help you with a goodwill repair.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #6
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Re: O2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

Why did you bring it in and why did the dealer say it was the cat?

Had you been running with a check engine light for a long time? In which case the cat could have cooked if you were running rich.

I agree a second opinion is good, as is replacing the O2 sensors.

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Old 04-29-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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Re: o2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

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Isn't it under warranty till 100K ?
I went to have routine 100,000 mile maintenance done on my car and im only at 98,000 miles. with in 3 days of spending $1366.46 for that. car has been misfiring, so another honda replaced my coils saying that there was nothing that
the first honda company did that was wrong, so that cost me another $224.56. Now a week later my check engine light comes on and they are telling me that it is my catalytic converter failure. saying that it is blocked. and that it is going to cost me another $1000.00 + to fix. I don't have this type of money. Mhy car was running perfactly fine until i got the stupid maintenance done. It almost makes me want to not do maintence except oil changes. They have sucked already close to 2000.00. Each problem doesn't have anything to so with the original fix. This must be a honda issue that they are not telling anyone about just to suck more money out of us... Oh and the mileage question. I was told 8 yrs or 80,000 miles.

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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Re: O2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

Do your homework, determine the cat's actual input and output temperatures, then swap the secondary O2 sensors to determine for sure whether they (the sensors) are bad. Laser thermometers cost less than $50 and you can use them on lots of fun projects.

The Ridgeline's computer only comes up with a conclusion based on the input from the sensors, not the cat's actual (non) function.

Search is your friend.

'100 degrees honda catalytic' are good keywords for Google.

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Old 04-30-2011, 08:41 AM   #9
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Re: O2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

catalytic converters are being stolen from cars for cash these days, just for the value of the metals inside, I would not be surprised shops can make a good profit selling new ones and getting cash for the old ones, up to $100.00 cash just for the metal inside some.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:22 PM   #10
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Re: O2 sensor alert to catalytic converter failure

I have had my engine light come off and on for 2 years now. usually only comes on in the winter and the code is for the cat being clogged.. since its been warm out it hasnt come back on in the last few months.
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