What does a catalytic conveter do?
A catalytic converter (catalyst) sits between your engine and your exhaust muffler. Its main job is to reduce your vehicle’s emissions to protect the environment.
This metal canister is filled with a chemical catalyst that “converts” gas emissions in the exhaust system to either reduce or eliminate them.
A bad catalytic converter will emit higher pollutants than those allowed by the European Union.
Thus, a car with a malfunctioning catalytic converter will not pass MOT. This means you will not be able to drive your vehicle legally.
4) They smell the fumes your vehicle emits
Have you found that your vehicle’s emissions smell like rotten eggs or even detect the smell of sulfur?
5) Your vehicle’s emissions have darkened
Your vehicle emits black exhaust smoke.
6) Excessive heat under your vehicle
Increased heat in the underside of your vehicle.
7) A different rattling sound is heard
You will especially notice this when you first start your car.
Don’t ignore this sound as it will get worse.
1) Το Check Engine is on
While an illuminated check engine light could mean many problems that a professional mechanic needs to diagnose, one of them could be a bad catalytic converter.
2) Increase in fuel consumption
Do you feel like you’re filling up the tank more often? A bad catalytic converter often means poor fuel efficiency.
Depending on how big your tank is, you could be unknowingly wasting a lot of money — and putting more pressure on your catalytic converter if it’s already clogged.
3) Reduced engine performance
Your car moves forward, loses fuel during acceleration, or stalls.
When you have a clogged catalytic converter, your engine will struggle to handle the pressure build-up.
With the catalytic converter essentially “choked” by a build-up of particles, it will be difficult for your engine to “breathe”.
You will notice a loss of power and acceleration, jerking and a complete stall if the exhaust flow is severely restricted.
An engine failure is when one or more of your engine’s cylinders stop providing power to your car. When this happens, raw fuel can enter the catalytic converter. It can also overheat and melt on its own or cause an engine fire.
So what do you need to do if you have found one or more of the above happening in your vehicle?
Now that you know some bad catalytic converter symptoms, schedule a checkup with your mechanic today.
A catalytic converter that goes bad won’t just keep you from being road legal, it can also cause poor performance, a higher fuel bill and possible interior damage.
As a full auto repair and service center, BEDA Auto Center offers this essential service and more. Just call 2310 461 163 to speak to one of our experts today.