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Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is a canister made of precious metals that is located near the engine and is a part of the vehicle’s exhaust system. The precious metals it contains like palladium and platinum help facilitate several chemical reactions when raw exhaust arrives from the engine. These chemical reactions help clean the exhaust of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons, which are toxic to the environment and to humans. The resulting clean exhaust is then sent through the rest of the exhaust system where it is eventually safely discarded out the exhaust tailpipe. In doing this, your catalytic converter controls the amount of emissions your vehicle produces and is the main component that allows your vehicle to pass emissions testing.

Signs of a failing catalytic converter

Catalytic converter maintenance

If you notice any of the above signs, get your catalytic converter inspected by a car care professional right away. Most catalytic converter issues are caused by issues with engine components, such as a misfiring spark plug, faulty fuel injector, or bad ignition coil. Therefore, when your technician diagnoses an issue with your catalytic converter, expect additional maintenance and repair to be needed on your engine parts.

The best way to get maintenance done on your catalytic converter is to book your appointment through CarAdvise. CarAdvise makes car care simple and guarantees that you’ll pay less than the retail shop price on all car maintenance services.

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