catalytic converter cant afford right now (1,300) can I still drive my car?

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Asked by Oct 21, 2013 at 02:18 PM about the 2002 Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

check engine light came on and took it to be serviced... cant afford the $1300 right now how bad is this to keep driving the car ? It seems ok.

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yes. its just for emitions. everything will run fine

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If its real bad can cause un do back pressure or even get so hot it glows red. This could cause more damage or even catch fire in worse case . I would not wait to long.

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http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question4822.htm --- check this out

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thank-you all will fix soon!

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It is more than likely the rear O2 sensor rather than the catalytic converter.

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check the warranty on your emisions system. It's longer than the rest of the car.

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the warranty means nothing if you're not the orrigional owner, also look into other brands of catalytic converters, they'll cost less than at a dealer. I got my foreward cat through Borla, it's a direct fit cat (just bolts in) took 30 mins to do on my Subaru and cost $450 instead of $600, also you could have a universal cat put in for the secondary cat that would do just fine and they're about $200. The reason the front is so much is your're replacing more than just the cat, you're replacing the exhaust manifold to because it's all one piece.

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