califonia legal cat converters.


Asked by Jun 18, 2015 at 11:02 PM about the 2003 Mazda Tribute ES V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

do i need a California legal cat converter ($380 ish) for the vehicle that is tagged as calf legal emissions?  or just a cat converter for a tribute? ( $280 ish)
i do NOT reside in CA but i do need to pass emissions DEQ
the muffler shop told me that the cat will not heat up fast enough if the cat is not calf legal and ill get a check engine light. is this true?

6 Answers


Yes,sometimes aftermarket cats will not pass emission test,


i understand that non OEM cat might not meet the DEQ standards in my area. thats not the question.. am i legally required to put CA parts in a CA car while not registered in CA?

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No, if that is your question you are not legally bound.

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If car is registred elsewhere,you are not binded by cali law.

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you will only have to pass the emission standards for your town/state...

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Kelly is correct.

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