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Bad catalytic converter(s) ???

2002 V6 Mazda Tribute with 136,000 miles -
Top speed 15-25 mph, high revving. Had the rear converter replaced, problem solved ... ... well, solved for about a month. Now the same symptoms have returned. Shop says front converter(s) need to be replaced and that they must order them from Mazda and it will be at a total cost of over $1,100 to replace.

How many converters does it have up front? Do I need to replace both? Do I replace them and then dump the vehicle ASAP?

Thanks, Mike

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  • angelliott Jan 04, 2009

    My mechanic replaced all 3 catalytic converters after replacing the EGR valve twice. a hundred miles later My Tribute is back in the shop again needing a front catalytic converter.

  • DBob Jan 15, 2009

    The check engine / gas cap light started blinking and the car would rev in high RPMs before changing gears. There is something under the car in the front glowing red hot when the car is on long enough.

  • DBob May 11, 2010

    Mine is glowing, but which one needs to be replaced? Front, or back or ?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    2002 mazda tribute, catalytic converter is bad but we are not sure which one to replace. A friend suggested cutting one or two out. Does it really need three?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Catalytic converter is bad but we are not sure which one to replace. A friend suggested we cut out one or two. Does it really need three?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    wont go over 25 mph

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Let the car run for about 15 min look underneath if the cat is bad its should be glownin

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