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Fiero exsust i was changing my caletic converter for a new 1 and i found these tiny rust color pellets in my exost system and when i split 1 it white in side. dose any 1 know what they r and caused them

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    sushifreak99 May 06, 2013

    *what caused the*

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  • Jonah Oneal May 07, 2013

    catalytic converter has aluminum oxide beads or pellets.the pellets coated mixture platinum and palladium very poison if injested.

  • Jonah Oneal May 07, 2013

    white stuff aluminum oxide from the beads.


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It is the contents of the converter. DO NOT PUT IN MOUTH, most of the contents of the converter are very poisonous.

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