If the sniffer says it’s good they got no business under your hood! Well we know better but… there are still guys out there who have that attitude if you are lucky enough to find one.
A Honda OEM cat may cost $2,000-$3,000, but I just bought and installed a Walker direct fit CA cat from RockAuto for about $470.Edited for clarity:
I've got a 2011 Element, which I've been running in California. They stole my cat and there are no OEM's available. So I put in an EPA CAT at 1/25th the price ($120 vs. $3000). For sensors, I used an OEM fuel-air (upstream) and a Denso O2 (downstream). Anyone have experience with this:
2. At this price it can't be worth anything near a CA cat. Will the theives be able to tell the difference? Or might they cut this one out too?
3. For when they come available, where online is a good location to buy OEM CA cat's at a good price?
This has gotten so bad in CA (with both Elements and Priuses), that despite an anti-theft device, this is my second time dealing with this. I'm at the point of thinking that when I can finally get a CA cat, I should just swap it in when I have to get the car smogged, and then swap it back out so I won't lose it.
oh forgot, No Check engine lights, can’t tell the difference based on sound. Have had no other issues - the only thing the mechanic mentioned is the new Cats may only get 5 year before they need to be replaced - his suggestion was to run an additive twice a year to head carbon build up ( I haven’t done that myself, I haven’t found anything on the internet where someone is supporting that theory - and I could be wrong - time will tell) My 08 SC now has 258000 original miles and still is running strong.Had mine stolen 2 times, same as you - on the first “no” cats available and no eta on a replacement - also replaced mine that met the epa laws for cats in California for $265 installed. 2 yrs later - yep - it was stolen 20’ from the front doors at a Kaiser Medical Facility at about 10:30 in the morning. Again, still no OEM and the insurance company was great. I replaced “again” with one of the new epa approved cats this time it was $165, but I also asked if I could add a Cat security device - that was an additional $200 buck and I was able to have it mailed directly to my mechanic for installation. That was Oct 2020 it’s still intact so I’m hoping if someone looks - they will pass. View attachment 220281
Which you already told us, two posts above that one.I just bought and installed a Walker direct fit CA cat from RockAuto for about $470.