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I get OBD code 421. I have repalced everything except teh Cat Converter. The Eclipse has two converters. I am not sure which one to replace?

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without a doubt, a plugged converter or your engine is still running rich. Any CEL Codes?

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did you ask the dealer if the car an an emissions recall for this problem

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SOURCE: Cat-Converter-Is it necessary to make car run good?

you only need the converter if you live in an emissions state and have to pass inspections. Won't pass without it

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SOURCE: A recent scan indicated the

These are all transient symptoms, so I would not panic.
What I would suggest is putting in a tank of premium and fuel dryer.
A little water or cheap low octane gas can cause these symptoms.

If it happens again, a second try would be plug wires, because crossover in the wires will also do it.
Reducing plug gap will also make problems like this less noticeable.
You can go as low as .028".

Start with the cheap tries first, then worry about the more expensive things.

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