I’m sure most of us have owned a car that’s left us at our wits’ end. The kind of car that just throws up problem after problem, until you completely fall out of love with it and would happily roll it off a cliff. But did you ever think about burying a troublesome car alive? Nah I don’t think you would. In order to reduce air pollution, modern automobiles are equipped with a device called a catalytic converter that reduces emissions of three harmful compounds found in car exhaust: Carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) Nitrogen oxides (a cause of smog and acid rain) Hydrocarbons (a cause of smog). A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that converts toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine to less toxic pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction (an oxidation and a reduction reaction). They are also used on some wood stoves to control emissions. Here are five signs that something may be wrong with your catalytic converter:
- Your vehicle’s fuel efficiency suddenly drops.
- Your vehicle doesn’t accelerate when you step on the gas pedal.
- Your vehicle may refuse to start.
- Your vehicle fails an emissions test.
- The MIL or Check Engine light comes on.
Replacing a catalytic converter is expensive and so we provide you with a good range of second hand converters.
The catalytic converter, which converts harmful emissions into harmless gas, often lasts 10 years or longer and should be replaced only when needed. It can become clogged, physically damaged, or contaminated by oil or engine coolant. It can also overheat. You should always take care of this part and make sure it is running well. The vehicle runs perfectly and has no unusual sounds or smells. No additive can repair a failed catalytic converter, but they can clean deposits from a functioning converter and help restore its efficiency.