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Car is stalling and wont accelerate even with pedal to the floor i hollowed out catylitic converter and clamped it back on waiting for the new one and i also replaced fuel filter but nothing is making it better

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Could have jumped a tooth on the timing belt. also, new designs on cat converters make your method of "hollowing it out" a waste of time

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