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  • #16

    Re: emission testing

    white chalk is normal on most EFI enigne just means it's running lean. wich is how most factory EFI is programed

    here is the 200k plugs i pulled out of a 3100 GM v6


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    • #17

      Re: emission testing

      white chalk is normal on most EFI enigne just means it's running lean. wich is how most factory EFI is programed

      here is the 200k plugs i pulled out of a 3100 GM v6

      good info..I look for white plugs in my current setup.
      i have boxer that won't run tight without this so called "white hot". of course valves are below the plugs sideways..it will be a cleaner world up top of a sideways jug anyway (fake a lean appearance).

      the chalk is an oxide that never ends with aluminum. it is actually quite a pig its whole life..contrary to heatsinked belief.

      200k, that is looking good...
      environment must be spectacular.

      today I have 23% humidity in a north wind. I hardly ever see a heavy brown plug anymore.
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      • #18

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        not really it's humid most fo the time and the car they came out of looked like it went doen witht eh titanic and brought back up

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        • #19

          Re: emission testing

          high CO is fixed by an 02 sensor .CAT /tune up will take care of HC

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          • #20

            Re: emission testing

            It looks like I'm going to have to put a converter on it.
            I changed the plugs, cap, rotor, air filter, oil, and added some alcohol that I had and now it's 5.48 on HC, 6.40 on CO, and 1.90 on NOx.
            It was a little better, but on the HC.....The one I'm trying to get down, now it's worse!
            also boost will make the cam act smaller

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            • #21

              Re: emission testing

              Remember, HC is just unburned fuel. Given the inherent combustion properties of internal combustion engines there's going to be some HC but a bad O2 sensor will make it difficult for the EFI to properly adjust itself. Still, the system expects to work with a functioning cat and the computer's tables are set up to give the tailpipe-out values required based on the cat being in the system. For a DD there is little to no advantage to not having a cat in the system so you might as well do it.

              I've had excellent results with universal cats (Catco, for example) and I see no advantage to paying the big bucks for a factory replacement. I'm guessing that yours is a 3-way (1 HC/CO brick and 1 NoX brick) but I don't know if your vehicle has air injection between the bricks (some do and some don't). Either way, there are universal cats with the fittings you'll need.

              FYI - the advantage of the factory-style cats is that they will light off quicker. While nice (environmentally) as a practical matter I don't think it matters much. The OEM's jump thru a lot of hoops to meet the cold start requirements but you certainly can take your vehicle in for testing with a warm system.

              Dan

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              • #22

                Re: emission testing

                If it is 6.40 on CO, you got a bad O2 sensor.........Drop the CO and the HC's will drop...............

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                • #23

                  Re: emission testing

                  first post said he got a new O2 sensor, although he hasn't said yet whether or not he installed it. I'll assume he did.
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                  • #24

                    Re: emission testing

                    I did install it, over all the truck runs better, thats why I was a little puzzled.
                    also boost will make the cam act smaller

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                    • #25

                      Re: emission testing

                      what year is the truck? I would think just putting the converter back on would take care of it. O2 sensors are used to adjust your mixtures and fuel pressure in newer trucks, a reason alot of small cars have electric fans that hardly ever go on. I am in IL so they are just mainly checking at the OBDII. If you dont show codes you pass. bigger trucks need to get the tube in the tailpipe too.
                      Try to get that exhaust hot before you get the piece of 02 sensor thats left in the pipe.

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                      • #26

                        Re: emission testing

                        It's a 1990.
                        I have a new question, how far back from the y pipe does the converter have to be to get hot enough? Or where do I need to put this thing?
                        There is a big long pipe there now, right to the muffler so there isn't any clues as to where the converter was origionaly.
                        also boost will make the cam act smaller

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                        • #27

                          Re: emission testing

                          It's a 1990.
                          I have a new question, how far back from the y pipe does the converter have to be to get hot enough? Or where do I need to put this thing?
                          There is a big long pipe there now, right to the muffler so there isn't any clues as to where the converter was origionaly.
                          As close to the exhaust manifold as possible is where it needs to be mounted.......

                          Also you said you replaced the O2 sensor, is this a V8 truck??, because there are "2" O2 sensors if it is..........

                          It just seem awfully weird that it runs so high on the CO, when the 350 that used to be in my camaro with 10.5 compression and a 300 duration cam ran at 1.8 on the CO, and that's with a Carb and no Cats...........

                          Is there a way to turn up the idle?? That will bring down HC's and should lower the CO to........
                          Last edited by TC; May 22nd, 2012, 11:35 AM.

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                          • #28

                            Re: emission testing

                            Thats what I was thinking, but I didn't know if there was such a thing as to close.
                            also boost will make the cam act smaller

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                            • #29

                              Re: emission testing

                              Thats what I was thinking, but I didn't know if there was such a thing as to close.
                              Never to close, the Cats on my '99 camaro bolted to the exhaust manifold itself.......

                              But remember your O2 sensors need to be in front of the cat(s)......
                              Last edited by TC; May 22nd, 2012, 11:41 AM.

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                              • #30

                                Re: emission testing

                                1990 probably has only one O2 sensor.

                                The cat should be right after the Y pipe, if you can fit it that far forward.
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