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'89 Sable Y pipe

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Old 02-20-2011, 11:55 PM
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Hey Gang,

I have an '89 Sable 3.8L with broken exhaust link. The flange on the "Y" pipe to the Cat rotted off on XMas day. I wired it closed and just now got it to a local shop. The shop will inspect it, and look into welding a fabricated flange back onto the pipe.

If this doesn't work out I've looked into a replacement "Y" pipe. The original part appears to have 2 catalytic converters (or resonators?) built in before the "Y", one for each manifold. I've seen a Walker replacement (part #15782) "Y" pipe that does not have the converters before the "Y" merge.

Am I correct in that these are two small converters? Do I need an exact replacement? Or could Walker part #15782 work? I'm in NY, not CA.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:24 PM
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The real question is do you have to pass emission inspection in your location. If you do, removing the cats will raise your emissions, & I know in some states the car may not pass if it is missing emission equipment.

Newer cars have O2 sensors that would set off a code, but I think yours is too old for that. Easy way to tell is does it have a O2 sensor after the cats? If not, then the computer won't know.
 
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:56 AM
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Am I correct in that these are two small converters? Do I need an exact replacement? Or could Walker part #15782 work? I'm in NY, not CA.
 
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