First time poster, long-time lurker! I bought my CR-Z in December of 2010 and have been coming here for years for tips on various modifications. I couldn't have replaced my fog lamps or done half of the interior installation work on my car without the indirect help of all of you great folks! I'm in the process of doing some new audio and lighting work, and intend to make a few posts of what I've been up to when I finish
But I digress-
My car's CEL came on Sunday night with the "Check Emissions System" message. Monday morning I took it to my mechanic, and he told me the code coming up is for a failed catalytic converter. I did a bit of Googling, and found some people suggesting that it is uncommon for a catalytic converter to fail, and that its failure may be a symptom of a larger problem.
My car is pretty much stock. I've had a Black Label Fabrications cat-back exhaust installed since late 2013 (love it), and dropped a K&N filter into the stock intake about 6 months ago. I know enough to understand how internal combustion and IMA systems work, but not well versed in mechanics beyond general theory. The only other issue I've had with this car was needing to replace the gearbox a few years back.
So I guess my questions are:
- Has anyone else out there had to replace the catalytic converter on their CR-Z?
- Is it true that catalytic converters don't generally fail, and that this could be a symptom of a larger problem?
- Anybody have any other emissions related issues come up with their car past 100,000 miles?
I'm supposed to drive from New Jersey to Maine next week for my sister's wedding, so I'm hoping this isn't the sign of a larger issue. Thank you!