Do you notice your vehicle doesn’t accelerate like it used to? Then it may be time for catalytic converter repair. Catalytic converter failure is normally a symptom of a larger issue. If you think you’re suffering from catalytic converter failure, the best place to start is with a full engine inspection and car tune up. Let the experts at Gary’s Automotive fix you up fast!
A catalytic converter may not offer the exciting horsepower of a turbo, or the performance grip of racing slicks, but it does play a crucial role in the overall performance of your vehicle.
The catalytic converter drastically reduces the harmful emissions in your exhaust by creating an oxidization reaction. This means harmful emissions from the engine (like Carbon Monoxide, Hydrocarbons, And Nitrogen Oxides) pass through the converter, where a series of metals (usually Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium) arranged in a honeycomb or other filter like design react to those emissions. This reaction causes harmful gasses to change into less harmful, more environmentally friendly gasses.
Here’s a rough break down of whats going on inside such a small space:
Harmful gasses like Carbon Monoxide, Hydrocarbons, and Nitrogen Oxides are being oxidized and turned into safer gasses, like Carbon Dioxide and Water. This results in a much safer amount of emissions leaving the exhaust pipe on your vehicle. For the curious, we’ve included a more detailed description of this process here.
When To Book Catalytic Converter Repair
Without a catalytic converter, your vehicle would not pass any safety or emission checks. Not only that, but you vehicle would be a constant source of toxic emissions. A clogged or otherwise damaged catalytic converter can cause acceleration issues or even engine stalling.
Our fully licensed mechanics take pride knowing that your car is safe and clean out on Ottawa’s roads.