Originally Posted by 1fatcat
Not trying to disagree with you willwren, but a "rattle" test is not 100% accurate. I see plugged converters on 30,000 mile cars that make no noise at all. I see plugged converters on 140,000 mile cars that make no noise at all.
The "rattle" test is just a simple-means nothing-test. The O2 sensors themselves rattle by desighn. Not loud, but they do jingle.
Back pressure is the only true method to test for a restricted converter.
He has no O2 sensor in his cat for that year. The 'kick test' I mentioned is a good 'DRIVEWAY' check as I mentioned earlier, and CAN give an indication ot trouble.
Furthermore, on a car of that age, if the Cat is stock (oem crimp welds) it more than likely needs to be replaced.
Puddy, your fuel filter is just on the inside of the passenger frame rail about under where the RF passenger'* feet sit. Quick release clips on fittings and a 10mm for the retainer. YOU WILL STINK, so wear grubby clothes.
In general, if the problem seems to get worse with higher temps, it'll be your cat more than the fuel filter.