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My 1997 Ford Taurus sho catalytic converter glows red and gets hot enough to catch on fire. Help please.

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Usually this means there is way too much unburned fuel in the exhaust. Either the engine is running too rich, or one cylinder is not firing right. You need to get this to a mechanic ASAP. This can ignite the carpeting inside the car, and that would ruin your day.

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

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Take it to a shop immediately. A cat CAN catch on fire and burn your car to the ground. Tow if shop is far away. It's breaking down and capturing all of the heat from the motor. It's probably already failed I'm sure so will need replaced.

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

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