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Old 10-15-2005, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Emissions too High!!

My car's been stuck in storage for the last 9 months has only driven about 30 miles in the last week.

My garage says the emissions are too high, the CO2 level is 0.83% when it should below 0.3% and also the HC level is 218ppm when it should be below 200ppm.

This happens on both the fast and natural idle tests.

They say my catalytic converter is probably blame although the emissions were fine just before it went into storage.

Does anyone know if it being in storage would have anything to do with the emissions? do you reckon if i took the car on a long drive, it would be ok??

or does anyone know of anything i could do to fix it without replacing the cat? I've been quoted around 400, although i'm pretty sure i could get it cheaper.

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move to georgia, no emissons here
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You shouldnt have to take it for a long drive. Drive it for a couple days and right before you go get it tested let it idle or drive somewhere. You do need to run your car before you get it tested for more accurate test results. GL and to hell with emissions.
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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just had a second opinion and they say its not the cat but the lamda sensor

should cost around a 1/4 of the price

yay!!
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