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I have a 2000 Corolla that had a bad oil leak (it all went out the exhaust, nothing on the ground), so I decided to change the engine out. I changed the engine out, but it still has the check engine light on and the mechanic says its the catalytic converter. I get about 29-30 mpg with the car now and they don't test emissions in this part of the state (LA) when getting an inspection sticker. Do you think I need to change the Catalytic Converter, and if I do change it should I get the Universal Converter ($250) or the Direct Fit ($550). What is the real difference between the two besides the price.

 

 

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2000 Corolla--has 110,000 miles on it

I put used 2001 Corolla engine in it---55,000 miles on it

I assume Catalytic Converter has tons of trash in it (Check engine light is on), but doesn't seem to effect MPG

They don't check emissions during state inspections

Should I get a new Cat?

If so Universal or Direct Fit?

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I have a 2000 Corolla that had a bad oil leak (it all went out the exhaust, nothing on the ground), so I decided to change the engine out. I changed the engine out, but it still has the check engine light on and the mechanic says its the catalytic converter. I get about 29-30 mpg with the car now and they don't test emissions in this part of the state (LA) when getting an inspection sticker. Do you think I need to change the Catalytic Converter, and if I do change it should I get the Universal Converter ($250) or the Direct Fit ($550). What is the real difference between the two besides the price.

 

 

Quick Breakdown:

2000 Corolla--has 110,000 miles on it

I put used 2001 Corolla engine in it---55,000 miles on it

I assume Catalytic Converter has tons of trash in it (Check engine light is on), but doesn't seem to effect MPG

They don't check emissions during state inspections

Should I get a new Cat?

If so Universal or Direct Fit?

Do they check for CEL?

If they do not check for emissions then changing your converter is a waste of money, but your conscience will be better, knowing you are polluting the air less.

The universal is more of a generic type and will work.

The direct fit is specifically designed for your car and is similar to original equipment.

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If it is really clogged with oil, it could catch fire. I guess it depends on how much. I do know for a fact that oil built up in the wrong part of the car can cause a fire. It wasn't my car, but I personally know of a car fire due oil getting on the exhaust.

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If it is really clogged with oil, it could catch fire. I guess it depends on how much. I do know for a fact that oil built up in the wrong part of the car can cause a fire. It wasn't my car, but I personally know of a car fire due oil getting on the exhaust.

If there is a chance of it catching fire then I recommend changing it. Safety should never be compromised.

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