Last November, we purchased a 2002 Accord EX from family. A couple weeks before we took ownership of the vehicle, they purchased a newer model Accord, and in the parking lot of the dealership the Accord (now ours - then theirs) refused to start. It was almost comical timing.
It turned out the catalytic converter had given way. That was not so comical. It had about 152k miles at the time. Now even though we live in California, we were still in good shape to take over the vehicle. First, no smog was required since the vehicle was being transferred within immediate family (a DMV allowable exemption). Also, we live in a county that does not require biannual inspection with registration. We could conceivably (and hopefully figuratively) drive it into the ground and never have cause to worry about the CC.
However this summer other family gifted us an F150, and soon afterward a friend approached us interested in the Honda.
So now the catalytic converter is biting us in the proverbial rear. Supposedly it would take about $1200 to have Honda repair (replace?) the part, so naturally I’m looking for more organic solutions. One such solution on YouTube was to at least try running a gallon of furyl acrylic thinner into the tank when the tank is about half full and then run the car for 150 miles. Another was disconnecting the converter and giving it an overnight soaking in a car wash detergent solution. I’m not terribly mechanically inclined, but given the right instruction manual can take on many jobs.
When we got the Honda, we were a 1-vehicle family, so it came at a really nice time. We have 3 small kids and live a few miles from “town.” However, now we have 3 cars and our perspective has changed a little bit. The Mrs. feels duped by my family. You know how the brothers like to work in relationship advice into their car repair issues. But we agreed to the purchase about 2-1/2 months before we actually took ownership of the vehicle. It was only 2-3 weeks before this that the converter tripped the check engine light. They even allowed us to wait 6 weeks after that to begin making $200/month 0% payments (it’s currently half paid off).
What can we do about the converter? As for my wife vs. her in-laws, this will also go a long way to repair that tender connection.