What Are Catalytic Converters?

The catalytic converter is the part in gas-powered vehicles responsible for changing toxic engine emissions into safer, breathable gasses. While this strong, metal piece is intended to last a very long time, there are other problems that can arise. A common issue with this part is that it is often stolen by thieves.


Catalytic converters have been targeted by thieves for as long as ever, and you may wonder why. Firstly, catalytic converters are made of expensive precious metals (including platinum, rhodium, palladium, etc.) that can be sold for money. Unfortunately, this part of your car is also easy for thieves to get to and cut off. 


The best way to prevent others from stealing your catalytic converter is to install a protective covering, like a Cat shield. Otherwise, you should have some form of security and surveillance when it comes to parking and storing your vehicle. 


If your catalytic converter isn't stolen, it can sometimes fail after many years of wear and tear. Here are the 5 tell-tale signs that your catalytic converter is failing:

  • Sulfur odor coming from your exhaust
  • Poor vehicle acceleration and performance
  • Unusual exhaust color
  • Hot exhaust
  • Check engine light comes on your dashboard

If you need a new catalytic converter, look no further than Kwik Kar Auto Repair. A catalytic converter replacement is not something you should delay as it could put your personal safety at risk. Our skilled technicians are more than qualified to perform catalytic converter replacements. Please give us a call or visit if you have any questions or concerns today.


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