Catalytic converter stolen + 02 sensor. Can I drive it to the muffler shop?

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  1. 07silverLA

    07silverLA Junior Member

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    Had my catalytic converter and 02 sensor stolen last night from 07 Prius.

    Drove it 3 miles to my mechanic. Quotes me 2700. But claims insurance will handle it! (Minus my 1000$ deductible).

    Claims I can’t drive it any further because I’ll damage the engine due to the 02 sensors gone. Said something about the fuel not mixing properly without the sensors and running rich and how that’s hazardous.

    I wanted to maybe drive it to a nearby muffler shop to see if they could fix cheaper then $2700 but am afraid I’ll damage it. I’ve seen people in like claim getting theirs replaced for like $600 range.

    Is it safe to go like 10mph for maybe 5 more miles? Or am I wrecking the engine?

    also, if anyone has any other advice lmk.

    I don’t wanna file a claim (1000$ deductible) and be out my car for a week + but it’s looking like the only option.

    I read ur next insurance cycle u often get dropped because of this kind of claim. So that freaks me out too about using insurance for this.
     
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    1. Let your fingers do the walking: call the nearby muffler shop, describe the situation, and see what they say about the likely repair cost.
    2. Your mechanic is right in saying that the engine performance will be impaired by not having the air/fuel ratio sensor providing feedback to the engine ECU, but if you need to drive 5 more miles that is not the end of the world.
    3. Don't take a trip to San Francisco with the car in its current condition, though.
     
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    “cheaper fix” is going to be difficult in California. In order to pass smog, it needs the real deal Toyota parts, not cheaper substitutes. Insurance is usually the right way to fix this problem.
     
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    In CA you will need an original part from Toyota to be CARB compliant, you can't put on anything aftermarket. I would also recommend going through your insurance and pay the deductible. Even if you were to find an illegal aftermarket part, it'll still run you close to your $1000 price, maybe only a savings of $300 for catalytic converter and original Denso/Toyota oxygen sensors.

    There also is a company that makes an anti theft plate to cover the catalytic converter, I think it's a great deterrent for future thefts
     
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    Many have the replacement catalytic converter stolen again within a short period of time, the thieves know you will replace it (n)
     
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    Hey everyone. Gonna go the route of insurance but now I’m freaking out about they’ll steal it again!

    anyone have personal recommendations on what’s best? I saw the cat strap one. I guess I’ll have to call around as well.

    What’s frustrating is you can find so many ads for people buying them. So it’s So easy to flip. :(
     
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    JC- Any recommended LA shop that will install this
    ? And couldnt they still chop the bottom and cut thru that hole?

    So far all the muffler and auto shops I’ve called said they won’t install it or a deterrent. Lol all generally said “don’t do that kind of thing because It won’t stop a thief.” Lololol makes me think they want me as a future converter customer lol
     
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    I don't know what shop will install that in SoCal, but it's just basically a metal plate covering the Cat.

    Stealing a Cat is a crime of opportunity, that's easy enough to do in 1 minute. With a metal plate covering it, it would make it a challenge, and nobody wants to challenge themselves to steal something worth $300 bucks and possibly get caught for taking too long in the theft job
     
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    just read some of your posts in other threads about the topic.

    do you think this plate is the best defense as of today?

    With install I’m looking at like ~350$ for the plate vs 175$ for a muffler shop home brew airplane wire job.

    debating if the 175$ home brew and maybe a 175$ tilt alarm would be better use of the $$$

    thanks for your opinion!
     
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    If you live in a high theft area, $350 is nothing for peace of mind to park anywhere you want. I believe this is less than $350, installation seems pretty easy, a small shop that changes oil should be able to slap that on while you get your oil changed (possibly for free)
     
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