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The catalytic converter is bright red and started a fire when i parked it in the grass

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The engine is running too rich. is the engine running smooth? rough? bad mileage? you need to have a shop check it for you.

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Your converter is either clogged and/or the engine is running extremely rich and the excess gas vapors are igniting in the converter which could be the cause of the first problem.

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Your cat is clogged! do not cut it off (i'm supposed to say this because that's illegal), because cutting it off you be a temporary fix, and the cops can cite you for it.Take it in and have it replaced pronto. (also Scott lawn fertilizer can help replace that bad patch haha). ;P

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