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What To Do If The Catalytic Converter Fails



Many experienced vehicle owners have faced issues with the operation of the catalytic converter and the need to replace it. But not everyone knows that this part can be sold profitably even if it is completely out of operation. Scrap dealers buy failed converters of any vehicle brand for a good price. For example, you can sell a Volkswagen catalyst at

What To Do If The Catalytic Converter Fails

The world’s largest dealer offers the best prices. And contacting its representatives is extremely simple because they can be found in any region of the country.

But what if you need to replace the catalytic converter? A new part is very expensive. Is there a possibility to replace the converter with another, more cost-efficient option? This point will be discussed in this article.

Replacement options for the catalytic converter

Although the useful life of the new catalytic converter installed on the vehicle by the manufacturer is on average 62,000-94,000 miles, sometimes it fails much earlier, especially in the following cases:

  • mechanical damage;
  • problems with the ignition system;
  • use of low-quality fuel;
  • frequent driving on bad roads;
  • very aggressive driving style.

And it is important to understand that catalytic converters fail not only in old vehicles but also in new models that are still under warranty. But, as a rule, the manufacturer’s warranty does not cover the catalytic converter.

Most likely, the car dealer’s service center will refuse to replace this expensive part claiming that this is the vehicle owner’s fault and there is no one else to blame for the premature breakdown. Using inappropriate fuel can be stated as one of the reasons.

But in any case, the problem needs to be fixed. Indeed, if there are problems with the catalytic converter, the vehicle consumes more fuel. It also has poor performance, and in addition, problems with starting the engine or other accompanying symptoms may appear.

There are two optimal solutions to this situation:

  1. to install a versatile converter;
  2. to replace the failed part with a flame arrester.

Advantages and disadvantages of flame arresters

Although a versatile catalytic converter is cheaper than the original part, its purchase will cost a decent amount. It makes sense to install it in relatively new vehicles. As to vehicles, a flame arrester is often installed (sometimes it is also called a preliminary resonator). This is the most budget-saving option.

But you need to understand that the flame arrester is a piece of perforated pipe that does not purify the exhaust gases in any way. Its purpose is to mitigate the sound after removing the catalytic converter.

Furthermore, this repair option requires the ECU to be re-flashed, otherwise, the system will detect that the exhaust gases are purified and can switch the engine into emergency mode. Also, the car will no longer meet the environmental standards declared in the datasheet.


Meet talented Kenyan barber Julius Mwangi who shaves hairs with an axe, charges US$5 per haircut – The Maravi Post




NAIROB-(MaraviPost)-Many people are talking about a barber from Kiambu in Kenya after photos of him shaving clients’ hairs using an axe went viral.

Julius Mwangi uses an axe to shave hair at the Clippers Kings barbershop.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mwangi, who has been a barber since 2014, said he started shaving with an axe three months ago. Mwangi said he took up the axe to attract new clients, admitting that it worked.

“Famous people were coming around often and I decided to look for a unique way to attract customers and make shaving fun. That is how I landed on an axe,” he said.

Overcoming fear Mwangi admitted that the axe brings hoards of people to the establishment, but not everyone is enthusiastic about being shaved with an axe.

“When people hear of a barber shaving with an axe, they are curious to know where. Some come to see and take photos with the axe but prefer not to be shaved with it.

“Some come full of fear, but I help them overcome it,” he said.

Mwangi revealed that shaving with an axe has some advantages over the shaving machine.

“The axe gives a smoother shave which is more suitable for the Jordan style. Also, when there is a blackout, I continue with my work as usual,” he said.

The barber also revealed that the axe is better suited for shaving clients with full beards.

Mwangi disclosed his plans, saying: “I am looking for a lighter axe because this is a bit heavy. I currently charge KSh 500 (N1,848) for a shave but the price will go up with demand.”

Read some social media reactions below.

David Nyaga Njeru: “I can’t risk this much. I love my head and neck.”

Gatimu Robert: “This guy has perfected the art, it can’t work for everyone.”

Mwangi Njenge Inv: “Very good marketing strategy.”

Titus Kimathi Marangu: “I can’t trust any man to shave my wise head using weapons.”


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Insecurity And Agony Of Untimely Deaths, By Chido Nwangwu – The Maravi Post




On Wednesday October 13, 2021, the progressive and peace-loving communities of Ajalli (Ujari) in Anambra State of Nigeria and their friends came together to extend final rites of passage, and held christian service of songs. 

It was the first day of the transition towards burial of one of the two of its indigenes impacted by the violent attacks of Thursday September 30, 2021 at the Nigeria Police station at Ajalli (Ujari).   

The events of that day led to the untimely deaths of two of its sons, Okechukwu Nwafor and Obumneme Chigozie Mbonu Okafor. 

Five police officers were reported to have been killed, too. 

Obumneme who was only 38-years old was buried on Thursday, October 14. 

Okechukwu’s service of songs held on Friday, October 15 and his burial took place on Saturday, October 16. 

It is important to underline the fact that no one, to this day, has said or presented any evidence that the attackers and attacks came from the blessed town of Ajalli (Ujari).

Besides the two men who were killed by the “unknown gun men”, the communities of Ajalli (Ujari) have also suffered a number of untimely but unrelated deaths, including three of my cousins: Uzochukwu Hubert Iheukwumere (Nwangwu), Obidigbo Otti and Ndubueze Otti. 

There’s the sudden death of my dear friend and fellow member of the Beta Sigma fraternity of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Obinna Onuogu. 

There’s the personable Amaechi “Chopper” Nwafor; Mrs. Catherine Okoli; Mazi Ebenezer Oji; Mrs. Christiana Ngozi Okoli; Lady Annette Nebechi Onwumere; and a number of others.

A few days ago, I looked at the USAfrica International News Index for Ajalli (Ujari), from September 30, 2021 to October 12, 2021. It’s a crimson red news index, of blood, of insecurity, of the police, the unknown gun men and deaths! 

With agony and angst, it is awash with touching tributes and mournful comments. I read heart-breaking lamentations and spoke to and heard the cries of some my kith and kin, kinsmen and women — especially the very hard-working youth of “Ujari koko obasi.”

Across social media platforms, family meetings, age grades, traditional groups and the civic leadership of Ajalli (Ujari), continue to express the fact that the community is in pain…

Ajalli (Ujari) is well known as the homeland of pioneer educators, religious leaders, political heavyweights, nationally and internationally renowned personalities and writers, civic and business leaders. 

They have been picking up the pieces, of the shards of their wounded, mournful hearts and communal spirit. Understandably, they continue to mourn as they have been overcome by grief.

Inclusive of and beyond the devastation of siblings, friends and extended family members from the violent events of September 30, our extraordinarily blessed Ujari seems determined and resilient to move forward. 

Yes, I do believe that soon, hopefully soon, our Ujari will climb out of this valley of darkness, seasonal schisms and return to the path of its deserving destiny. 

I believe it’s a glorious destiny that can only be achievable, as a community of righteousness, of factualness and truthfulness, of inclusiveness and conciliation, united in purpose!

*Dr. Chido Nwangwu, author of the forthcoming book, MLK, Mandela & Achebe: Power, Leadership and Identity, serves as Founder & Publisher of the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper on the internet,, and USAfrica magazine; he established USAfrica in 1992 in Houston. He has appeared severally as an analyst on CNN, SKYnews, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Voice of America, etc. He served as an adviser on Africa business to Houston’s former Mayor Lee Brown.  Follow him on Twitter @Chido247

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Sudan: Pro-army protesters rally again, stage sit-in near Presidential palace – The Maravi Post




Hundreds of pro-military Sudanese protesters rallied for a second day Sunday, aggravating what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called the “worst and most dangerous crisis” of the country’s precarious transition.

The protesters rallying in Khartoum are demanding the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has “failed” them politically and economically.

“The sit-in continues, we will not leave until the government is dismissed,” Ali Askouri, one of the organisers, told AFP.

“We have officially asked the Sovereign Council,” the military-civilian body that oversees the transition, “not to interact with this government anymore,” he added.

The protests come as Sudanese politics reels from divisions among the factions steering the rocky transition from three decades of iron-fisted rule by Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir was ousted by the army in April 2019 in the face of mass protests driven by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), a civilian alliance that became a key plank of the transition.

The latest demonstrations, left undisturbed by security forces, have been organised by a splinter faction of the FFC. Critics allege that these protests are being driven by members of the military and security forces, and involve counter-revolutionary sympathisers with the former regime.

The protesters have converged on the presidential palace where the transitional authorities are based, shouting “One army, one people” and demanding “a military government”.

Poverty stricken Sudan has undergone dramatic changes since the ouster of Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, where a conflict that began in 2003 killed 300,000 people.

The United States removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist in December 2020, eliminating a major hurdle to much-needed aid and investment.

– ‘Scenario of a coup’ –

But domestic support for the transitional government has waned in recent months amid a tough package of IMF-backed economic reforms, including the slashing of fuel subsidies and a managed float of the Sudanese pound.

The latest developments come after the government said on September 21 it had thwarted a coup attempt which it blamed on both military officers and civilians linked to Bashir’s regime.

On Friday, Hamdok warned that the transition is facing its “worst and most dangerous” crisis.

Hamdok’s Minister of Finance Jibril Ibrahim on Saturday addressed the crowd demanding the resignation of the government.

The mainstream faction of the FFC said the crisis “is engineered by some parties to overthrow the revolutionary forces… paving the way for the return of remnants of the previous regime”.

Jaafar Hassan, spokesman for the FFC, called the pro-military sit-in “an episode in the scenario of a coup d’etat”.

Its aim, he told AFP, was “to block the road to democracy because the participants in this sit-in are supporters of the former regime and foreign parties whose interests have been affected by the revolution”.

The demonstration heightens tensions ahead of a rival rally planned for Thursday by the opposite side, to demand a full transfer of power to civilians.

Hassan said the FFC organisers aim for “a demonstration of one million people … to show the world the position of the Sudanese people”.

Source: Africanews

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