Symptoms and Causes of a Failing Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter is a most important part of a vehicle’s exhaust system. It is responsible for controlling emissions and protecting passengers. If vehicles didn’t have a catalytic converter or if it failed, very harmful gases can be released by the vehicles. A vehicle’s exhaust system can release carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, poisonous gas that can be deadly; hydrocarbons, which are a major contributor to smog; and nitrogen oxides, which are contributors to smog as well as acid rain.
The catalytic converter’s performance can be affected by several things. First, the oxygen sensor can fail and cause a poor air/fuel mixture, which would lead to either not enough or too much oxygen to enter your exhaust system. If there is too much oxygen entering the converter, the converter will quickly overheat, melt, and clog, but if not enough oxygen is entering the catalytic converter, then there won’t be enough oxygen available to react with the hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide during the oxidation catalyst stage. Oil or other engine fluids leaking from an engine can enter the converter and clog it. A catalytic converter can also be destroyed by damaged exhaust valves or bad spark plugs.
It is important to keep the vehicle’s fuel injection system and its engine in good working condition. There are a few things you can look for to determine if you have a clogged or damaged catalytic converter. If you don’t accelerate or drive any faster when you step on your gas pedal, your converter may be clogged. You will also experience possible stalling and a noticeable drop in gas mileage. An engine with a completely clogged converter will quickly fail because of all of the exhaust back pressure. If you suspect a damaged catalytic converter because you are experiencing any of these problems, you should take your vehicle to a trained technician and have her/him inspect it, as well as the rest of your exhaust system.
A technician will remove your oxygen sensor to see if there is any change in your vehicle’s emissions or performance. The technician can also use a vacuum gauge to determine if your converter is clogged. If your converter fails these tests, then you must replace it in order to restore your vehicle’s emission control and performance. Here at Go-Green Auto Service Corp, we specialize in catalytic converters and we offer the best prices in the Big Apple. So never hesitate to bring us your 4-wheeled baby if ever you experience any of these symptoms or suspect your converter needs us. You can ALWAYS count on it that without fail you’ll find us here at your complete service every time you need us. At the greatest prices in the Tri-State area too.