quattro digest, Vol 1 #2581 - 18 msgs
superba at pacbell.net
Fri Dec 14 23:09:30 EST 2001
There's confusion here, perhaps semantical or in terminology. I live in
California which I believe to have the most stringent emission laws
governing catalytic converters. However, it is legitimate for "licensed?"
companies to rebuild cats. About a year ago when I was looking for a cat, I
discovered a manufacturer in Richmond, CA, that builds custom cats. You
give them an order and they fill the cat with "beads" and ship it to you.
They avoid a large inventory of finished goods and it's legit. It is,
however, against the regulations for salvage yard to sell a cat to an end
user, at least according to most of the wrecking yard people I've spoken to.
I'm sure all of you know of exceptions. My car, an 81 - 5KT with over 326K
miles passed smog testing last year with an empty cat. However, I replaced
it with a "working" cat that chokes my exhaust not long after.
The company that remanufactured cats is Marvin Miller Catalytic Converters,
Richmond, CA, 510-783-2212. They will know a lot more about their business
than I do, I'm sure.
> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 09:29:48 -0800 (PST)
> From: "Mark L. Chang" <mchang at ee.washington.edu>
> To: Rob Andrews <randrews at sbcglobal.net>
> cc: <DGraber460 at aol.com>, <quattro at audifans.com>
> Subject: RE: [urq] Cat rebuilders
> I haven't been following the thread closely, so if this has been said, I
> AFAIK, there are state and national laws (in the US) that prevent
> a) cat rebuilding
> b) installing a used cat
> c) removing & replacing a cat that isn't defective
> 1991 90q20v
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