I've got a "Catalytic Converter Fault". Here's more info...
This morning I reversed my 206cc out of my garage. It seemed cold from start, a bit of stuttering with vibrations. It sometimes does this on colder mornings or if I haven't driven it for a few days. After five minutes on the road it usually settles down and is fine.
However today I left the engine running while I went to shut the garage door. When I was about five feet away I heard a noise like the engine was going to stall but... it didnâ€™t and kept on running - although still quite stuttery. When I got back in the car the message "Catalytic Converter Fault" was on the dash.
About two years ago I had an "Anti pollution fault" message on dash. This disappeared after an hour and has never came back since (fingers still crossed!).
Just the other day (Sat 3rd Nov) I reversed my 206cc out of the garage on Saturday while I fixed my bike and it (the car) was fine. When I drove the car back into the garage I slowed down and it stalled quite badly. I quickly re-started the engine and moved forward the final foot before switching off. I'm sure I DID NOT see the
"Catalytic Converter Fault" until Monday morning (5th Nov). The car had not been driven properly since Friday 2nd Nov.
I've read on this site that the "Catalytic Converter Fault" might dissapear. Well, it might do, but in the mean time:-
1) Is is safe to drive with the "Catalytic Converter Fault"?
2) I only have 22,000 miles on the clock the car isa 2004 model. Is it likely to be the actual cat or some other fault (your best guess
3) Am I getting the dreaded 2 litre "tappet" problem? (the stuttering engine at start up?).
Any advice would be appreciated.