Friday, January 30, 2009

Federally mandated warranty on catalytic converters

In Jerry Pournelle's mail:

I had no idea: There is a federally mandated warranty of up to 8 years/80,000 miles for certain car exhaust components. A USAF Master Sergeant just told me he saved $800 thanks to an honest mechanic.

See details at the EPA web site: http://www.epa.gov/obd/warranties.htm#1

And I am eagerly awaiting “Escape from Hell!”

Respectfully Submitted,

Ranten N. Raven
The linked passage says that
For 1995 and newer model year vehicles, emission control and emission related parts are warranted for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of vehicle use. Specified major emission-control components are warranted for the first 8 years or 80,000 miles of vehicle use.
Which parts are the specified ones? That's explained in the preceding section:
There are three specified major emission control components, covered for the first 8 years or 80,000 miles of vehicle use on 1995 and newer vehicles:
  • Catalytic converters.
  • The electronic emissions control unit or computer (ECU).
  • The onboard emissions diagnostic device or computer (OBD).
Fancy that! Thanks, Ranten N. Raven.

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