About Catalytic Converter
Catalytic converters are part of your vehicle's exhaust system. They are responsible for converting emissions and pollutants from your vehicle's exhaust before it reaches your muffler. These harmful emissions include hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides. Without a catalytic converter, these elements would be released into the environment. Your catalytic converter contains catalyst elements that chemically react with harmful emissions to convert them into less harmful emissions. Government regulations made catalytic converters standard in most vehicles post-1975.
Theft Of Catalytic Converters
There have been instances of thefts of catalytic converters across Canada. Your vehicle's catalytic converter is relatively easy to access and contains valuable metals that can be sold on the black market. For this reason, many thieves have turned to theft of catalytic converters, removing them with a cordless grinder. We recommend keeping your vehicle in well-lit areas or in your garage when possible to deter thieves.When you need expert advice, you can count on the team at Integra Tire Oakville to get your vehicle up and running in tip-top shape.
Catalytic converters can last more than ten years but do become clogged and contaminated over time. When this happens, exhaust is prevented from escaping your engine and you can experience sluggish performance. Some of the signs of a bad catalytic converter are:
- Odd Smells, such as the smell of sulfur or rotting eggs
- Check Engine Light - Your check engine light can light up when your on-board diagnostic system detects emissions backing up due to clogs.
- Lack of Acceleration - If your vehicle is not accelerating properly, it may be a failing catalytic converter.
- Decreased Mileage - If your car is experiencing a large increase in its gas consumption over a short period of time, you may have an issue with your catalytic converter.
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