Catalytic Converter on 2013 2.4L 4-cyl
We drove our Equinox to South Florida last Sunday from the DC area, so about 1050 miles one-way. We didn't have any issues while driving to our destination. We arrived and park the car in the garage, and didn't use it for the rest of the day
The following afternoon I went to get the car and the engine jerked when I started it, but the car remained on. In my mind, I thought this was related to the FL weather and the car not being used for 24+ hours. In any case, It drove just fine that day and the following day. No jerking issues while starting the car again
On the 4th day while leaving the South Florida area, the engine light came up. We stopped to make sure the gas cap was properly closed which it was, so we continued driving to Central Florida this time. Car drove just fine. No engine noises, nothing really.
We were in Central Florida for a couple days, and there were no issues with the car while driving around. Engine light was still there though.
Finally, while driving back to DC area, we decided to stop by a car dealership in Jacksonville FL to check on the engine light before driving the remaining 700+ miles. The dealership was about to close, but the Service Advisor was able to get the code, and he told me that it was related to the Catalytic Converter. He told me the part itself is expensive because it was OEM, but the labor would be cheap because it'd only require about an hour or so to complete the job. He then proceeded to tell me that based on the mileage of the car, I could always just get an after market part, which are about half the price, but that there's no guarantee it will work properly. Having said that, he told me that if the car wasn't stalling or giving me any other issues while driving, that I should be able to continue to drive back to our destination.
We continued to drive without any issues, but in South Carolina we had to do a sudden stop on the highway due to traffic and the car just shut off. I started it again and moved to the side and the car shut off again. I waited about a minute or so; started the car again, and it stayed on, so we just continued driving. We stopped in North Carolina to get food, and this is when I noticed that the car would only try to shut off while starting to accelerate, it wouldn't do this while on Parking. In any case, we filled out our gas tank, which was enough to get to our destination, and we didn't stop until we got home.
Car still drives great, it's only when you start accelerating that the engine wants to shut off. I did however notice a subtle sound (like a whistle) while accelerating on the highway, something I hadn't noticed before.
At this point, I am debating whether to fix this Catalytic converter with an OEM part and keep the car, or just replace it with an aftermarket part and get rid of it. I am leaning towards keeping it. It has about 159,300 miles on it, but still drives great, and will only use it to commute back and forth from work. Not to mention, I recently spent about $1100 on new tires/breaks/rotors, but I could always try to sell it and recover that money as well, but I would still need to fix the Catalytic converter issue to sell it.
What would you guys do? Will fixing this converter issue be enough, or it this the beginning of many other fixes to come related to this issue specifically? How much should i expect to pay for this repair at the dealership, assuming that I use an OEM part?
Any advise is appreciated
Last edited by vacunajr; 08-18-2019 at 12:41 PM.