1999 honda civic catalytic converter


Asked by Feb 28, 2014 at 04:33 AM about the Honda Civic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

there selling me a 1999 Honda civic for 800. It has 155000 mile but the seller says all it needs is a catalytic converter. I took it for a test drive and the motor and tranny feel good . the only noise I heard were by the belts its sounds like theres  a chain loose.

1 Answer


Use caution that Could be a timing belt issue. Might want to use a hard vacuum cleaner hose or PVC pipe to try and narrow down where the sound is coming from. With engine idling hold one end of pipe to ear and carefully position the other end in and around the pulleys and belt. When the sound sounds its loudest you are close to the issue. Could just be an idler pulley issue but could also be a timing belt idler/tensioner pulley issue. If the sound sounds like it coming from behind the plastic guards it's more than likely a timing belt/timing pulley issue. Ask them when the timing belt was replaced. It should have been done around 100000 miles. If it has not been done I would definitely have it changed if you buy the car. For $800 I would probably not be afraid to buy it just as long as I knew when timing belt was changed or planned on changing it myself.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • put new catalytic converter on 1999 honda civic now do i put a new muffler 6 answers

    1999 Honda Civic EX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1999 Honda Civic Dies while driving 86 answers

    i have a 1999 honda civic ex which has 165,000 miles. Within the last few months the car will shutoff while driving. i have no power steering, nothing. i have to pull the car to side of the road an...

    1999 Honda Civic


    Maintenance & Repair

  • catalylic converter 1 answer

    I had catalylic converter put on feb 2014 , 7 months later in sept 2014 another one. the first one I had it put on at a shop and they gave me junk for $400.00 and the cones are all in my muffler so I...

    1999 Honda Civic EX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • converter 3 answers

    Will a clogged converter keep the car from starting

    2000 Honda Civic EX


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Honda Civic Questions

Honda Civic Experts

#1 Takoda Fraser
Takoda Fraser
Reputation 930
#2 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 890
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 820
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord"
1,338 Great Deals out of 77,942 listings starting at $1,395
Used Honda Civic Coupe"
355 Great Deals out of 16,316 listings starting at $799
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,460 Great Deals out of 67,063 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Camry"
1,669 Great Deals out of 98,345 listings starting at $895
Used Honda CR-V"
1,564 Great Deals out of 80,681 listings starting at $1,599
Used Nissan Altima"
1,484 Great Deals out of 87,812 listings starting at $1,195
Used Mazda MAZDA3"
475 Great Deals out of 24,812 listings starting at $1,499
Used Honda Accord Coupe"
221 Great Deals out of 11,491 listings starting at $1,500
Used Hyundai Elantra"
863 Great Deals out of 51,488 listings starting at $990
Used Ford Focus"
1,227 Great Deals out of 57,140 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Sentra"
924 Great Deals out of 49,788 listings starting at $500
Used Volkswagen Jetta"
655 Great Deals out of 32,416 listings starting at $1,200
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,626 Great Deals out of 39,577 listings starting at $888
Used Honda Civic Hatchback"
2,809 listings starting at $19,054
Used Ford Mustang"
743 Great Deals out of 41,405 listings starting at $900