'96 Camry Front Catalytic Converter?



I have a 1996 Toyota Camry with 206,000 mi on it, and last week my check engine light came on. So I took it to the local dealer and had them check the codes. They told me I need a new front catalytic converter and it would cost $1,000 ($824 parts). So I guess I have two questions:

1) Could it be a bad sensor instead and if so is this something I could replace myself?

2) If it is the Catalytic Converter I have seen many after market converters for much less (Eastern seems to be popular). Is this something I could replace myself?


It is a good chance that it is the converter. Yes after market is good.

You should have someone else check it and tell you want they want for the job and if they think it is the converter.


If you post the codes here so our techs can see your problem in a clearer light, they’ll tell you what is best to do.

'Front" cat converter? Unless my memory fails me, your vehicle has only one.

Perhaps one of the codes said the post-cat converter o2 sensor says the converter is plugged. Maybe.

The converter is ‘in front’ of the post-cat.


Arrgh. I hate when you can’t re-read the original post while typing an answer.

You asked if it was a job you could do yourself.

The answer is yes, providing you have a torch and know how to solder the new cat converter in the exhaust pipe.

If not, the answer is no.

But, as was mentioned you may not have a bad converter.


Holy moly batman, I must have had a brain fart.

You asked if you could change a sensor yourself. Yes, you could.