Catalytic Converter Repair in Boardman, OH
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If you have an emissions test performed, you will learn exactly which part of the catalytic converter has failed. Your AAMCO Boardman technician can also perform an analysis of the exhaust gases to identify the fail point. In most cases, the failure results from a thick layer of contaminants on the walls or clogs in your catalytic converter.
What is a Catalytic Converter?
Modern vehicles have a catalytic converter to help control emissions produced by internal combustion engines. The catalytic converter, or “cat” for short, is a component of the exhaust system that converts harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions.
When the catalytic converter works correctly, you won’t notice its presence. When the cat starts to fail, it definitely makes itself known. The most common sign of a problem with your catalytic converter is the noxious smell of rotten eggs.
Catalytic Converter Replacement at AAMCO Boardman, OH
If the catalytic converter is indeed failing, you will need to have it replaced at that point to restore your vehicle’s low emission status and overall performance. In addition to an increase in harmful emissions, continuing to drive with a faulty cat can result in a loss of power, especially during initial acceleration.
Unfortunately, you cannot have your catalytic converter replaced with a used unit to save money. The sale of used cats is against the law due to the strict regulations surrounding emission control systems. Luckily, you can have your AAMCO Boardman technician source a new catalytic converter within a short time period to quickly return your car to the road.
Can I still drive with a bad catalytic converter?
You can drive with a bad catalytic converter forever, technically. Although, this will eventually cause it to burn all the way through and lead to more problematic issues and failed emissions tests.
Can you repair or do you have to replace a catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter is built using precious metals such as platinum or palladium, causing replacement and repair costs to be about the same. The catalytic converter is an important exhaust system component that reduces air pollution and it is typically best to go with a full catalytic converter replacement.
Can a bad converter cause problems?
Yes. For instance, if you have a clogged catalytic converter, then your vehicle’s engine will have to work harder, which means it will be harder to shift the transmission. Additionally, a bad O2 sensor or a dirty mass air flow sensor may cause your gears to stick.
What are the signs of a faulty catalytic converter?
The most common sign is the sulfur smell, or the smell of rotten eggs. However, there are other symptoms of a bad converter such as a large fuel economy decrease, failed emissions test or Check Engine light. A noticeable lack of acceleration can also be a sign. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to bring your vehicle in to AAMCO Boardman, OH for check engine light diagnostics, catalytic converter replacement and repair and a vehicle courtesy check.