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Re: smoking cat

----- Original Message -----
From: <JordanVw@aol.com>
To: <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 1999 11:51 PM
Subject: smoking cat

> car: '86 5k TQ
> symptoms:
> cat conv. is "smoking" or steaming profusely (from inlet/outlet joints) ,
> engine runs rough.
> just wondered if the cat could be clogged?
> chris

    Hi Chris;

    The catalytic converter could be clogged or your rough running engine
could be dumping raw fuel into the exhaust, causing the cat to overheat.
    I was following a Dodge at night many years ago and noticed it was
spitting red-hot particles out of the tailpipe. The car was running so rough
I could hear it in my car. By the time I got her pulled over, the cat was so
hot molten metal was splashing on the ground under the car. One of the
passengers said she thought the floor had been getting kind of hot.

Fred Munro
'91 200q  272k km