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    Calling all car smart people!!

    Okay here's the deal.

    My daughter went to have her car smogged in order to register it. It failed due to the wrong catilitic converter model. I know I spelled that wrong.

    She went to two different smog places. Both said the same thing. Three years ago, our car place put that converter in.

    She called Jason and told him and he said they are full of ****. She is there arguing with him now. Both smog places gave her the correct model number that SHOULD have gone in there. He put an Acura converter in her Honda Civic.

    We don't think she should have to pay for this. Do You?
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    Would the car have passed the smog test three years ago with that particular catalytic converter installed? Was there some change in the laws that would have made it OK three years ago but not now? If so I think you are probably out of luck. If the converter they put in three years ago didn't meet the emissions requirements at that time I think you have a strong case.

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    Acura and Honda are the same company. The parts are interchangeable so the smog place may have the wrong information in their computer. Honda Civics and the Acura RSX and TSX came off the same line.

    The mechanic, if he does not work at a Honda dealership, may have put in an after market version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSt View Post
    Would the car have passed the smog test three years ago with that particular catalytic converter installed? Was there some change in the laws that would have made it OK three years ago but not now? If so I think you are probably out of luck. If the converter they put in three years ago didn't meet the emissions requirements at that time I think you have a strong case.

    Dave, it DID pass the her smog three years ago, right after they put it in. And your right, laws did change. You are smart.

    But Dave! They put in the wrong converter to begin with.

    And it is still under warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBHOKC View Post
    Acura and Honda are the same company. The parts are interchangeable so the smog place may have the wrong information in their computer. Honda Civics and the Acura RSX and TSX came off the same line.

    The mechanic, if he does not work at a Honda dealership, may have put in an after market version?

    All three of them? All three of the Smog places are wrong? She just got home and she went to three and they gave her the correct model number that should be in there.

    And according the the three places, these are NOT interchangeable.
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    I retired from American Honda in 2005. Your state has ridiculous requirements so it would go back to the mechanic who installed it then....

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    And no, I don't think she should have to pay for this.

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    Wonderful! That damn thing was almost $400 and $100 labor three years ago. I was so proud of her ~ they were both yelling at her. At first they said she didn't get it there, and of course she did and they finally found the paperwork.
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    Sorry for your troubles. We had this problem in Texas for a bit but then they started testing only the emissions coming from the tail pipe, which is what they should be concerned with, and no more problems. California always has been a pain for the automotive field in general. Honda as well as all other manufacturers actually have to make California specific cars if you can believe it. Small details but non the less true!

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    Thank you very much. You have been very helpful and much appreciated!
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