Why Replace a Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter has become a standard piece of equipment on every automobile in North America. This device takes all unused gases and pushes them back into the engine. This helps to cut down on fuel consumption, while lowering vehicle emissions. Without this key component, your vehicle will put out high levels of emissions and will start to run poorly. Your ride will actually be rougher than normal, and you will lose gas mileage.
What Affects the Catalytic Converter?
There are several factors that can play into a catalytic converter not working properly. First off, if you have a malfunctioning oxygen sensor, this can impact the level of gases that are being moved through the engine, and the catalytic converter will not operate properly.
Second, if you have leaking fluids, they can enter the catalytic converter and cause it to malfunction. This can be from several different sources.
Third, a faulty spark plug can impact how your engine is burning gases, which can in turn harm your catalytic converter.
Finally, you should be wary of damaged exhaust valves, as these too can cause your catalytic converter to malfunction and break.
Signs of a Damaged or Clogged Catalytic Converter
How So, how do you know when your catalytic converter is breaking down? Well, the first and easiest way to tell is based on your levels of acceleration. When you step on the gas, are you getting as much power as you’re used to? If not, this could mean that your engine is suffering due to a faulty catalytic converter.
Second, have you noticed a significant decrease in your gas mileage? While this could be the sign of several problems (bad tires, transmission, etc.) it is also a clear indicator that something is wrong with your catalytic converter.
Third, along the lines of your vehicle losing its acceleration, does your vehicle randomly stall out? If your catalytic converter is busted, your fuel usage can be hurt, and this can even go so far as to hinder the amount needed to keep your car going.
Last, if you let your catalytic converter go without repairs for too long, you could be looking at total engine failure. Your vehicle is not meant to operate without the catalytic converter, and over time, the increase in gases could cause harm to the engine itself.
How We Fix it
Where do you start with repairing your catalytic converter? First off, check the oxygen sensor and see if it needs replacing. This is probably a good idea, anyway. If this doesn’t do the job, consider trying a vacuum gauge to see if the converter is clogged. If so, you may be able to fix the issue without replacing the entire part. In the worst case scenario, you will have to replace your catalytic converter, but the good news is that a properly working one can last for years, and give your car a well-needed boost in performance and fuel efficiency.