Damage from Attempted Catalytic Converter Theft

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    Hi everyone,

    I was out cleaning the MAF on my car this morning when I noticed large bolts and springs under my car. Sure enough, someone attempted to steal my catalytic converter again. It looks like the cat is all still in tact, but I am hoping for some armchair diagnostics if anyone has time :) Do ya'll agree that the 02 sensor was cut and could that account for my car sounding like the converter was taken? Thank you very much!
     
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    it sounds like the catalytic converter is taken because all the bolts have been removed. You need to bolt it back. You'll need to see if you can save the oxygen sensor, maybe need a new one if you can't get it to work again after putting the wires back together

    Someone must have disrupted the thief and he took off
     
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    I love the rebar welded on.
    Wonder if I could find a market for some very high strength rebar as cat protection? We've got some stuff that would destroy a sawzall blade before it got a few millimeters. Thief would need a case of blades...and a couple hours...
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    You were right, the race car sound was due to the bolts being removed. Had the bolts put back on and a new downstream o2 sensor installed. Also had this Cat Security plate installed to deter future thieves - it also covers the sensor, making it hard to clip again.
     
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    They hit the same car twice? What balls. Wonder how much there getting for the rhodium anyway.
     
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    That sucks.

    Please don’t take this wrong but are you a lady seems like they go after female owned cars more like there scoping it out first so they don’t catch a beating coming out from under the car. They got balls. Must be a lot of money involved.

    Lady g2 lurkers in California pay attention watch out for cars following you home so they can see where you live the cowardly pos’s. Be aware of your surroundings.
     
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    I remember lots of talk years ago on this site you couldnt weld anything on a g2 it would damage the car.

    What do you think Tmr? May be worth it to get some rebar welded on mine I know a good muffler shop that could do it.
     
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    Will a nice and loud 2 way pager car alarm doesn’t help!
     
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    Doesn’t help. It may not shake the car enough to set that alarm.
     
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    From reports here, I haven't noticed the thieves to be discriminating by sex. Or even scoping it out first. Just taking any they can find. Starting in the places and at times they are least likely to get shot, then branching out to wherever there is still a remaining accessible supply.
     
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    Seemed like a bunch of women lately. But maybe there just driving around looking for g2s.
     
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    Why every time I hear about stolen cat it’s in California, is this a California problem or it’s only some states in the US.
     
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    You've missed numerous reports from a handful of other states.

    Is was rampant in England, especially in and near London, long before it came here.
     
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    I came across this article on the online news,

    a message for businesses buying the metal from criminals.

    “It all starts with you guys,” he said. You guys are the ones that are creating this demand the reason these thieves will go out and do this.

    Anyway looking at this in a positive way it’s better to get the catalyst converter stolen than have the whole car stolen.
     
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