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I have a 1988 Mazda 323,4 speed, 1.6L. The car has a lot of new parts including a new cad. converter. I just got done drive it for about 30 miles, I could smell exhaust fumes when I was driving. when I got home I looked under the car and the cad. converter was RED HOT!! I am also losing horse power/acceleration, I can only get up to about 10 mph in first gear,and about 25mph in 2nd gear. I am wondering first if the two are related? or if it is two different problems their is exhaust leaking were the cad. converter is connected. I do have exhaust coming out of the muffler/rear pipe (standard amount). please read carefully and tell me what you think, Thank you.

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You will need to fix the exhaust leak first, this may be the only problem but check the ignition timing as well, as it may have been bumped during cad installation,or may not have been timed correctly if points were one of the new parts mentioned. and may explain the lack of power.

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