Auto Repair Mint Hill – What Do Catalytic Converters Do?

Catalytic converters were designed and introduced on vehicles to clean up the exhaust emissions.  They became standard issue starting in about the 70’s and now they are on every vehicle on the road.  A well running vehicle will have a longer lasting catalytic converter.

How do catalytic converters fail?  There are two primary reasons – they may become plugged, or they may be contaminated by a poorly maintained engine. When a “cat” fails, your check engine light should come on.

When it comes to catalytic converters, you get what you paid for. they contain Platinum and Palladium which are precious metals.  For this reason you may hear about thefts in the news regarding stolen catalytic converters.  Thieves are able to take the metal and sell it in the metals market. However, on another note, “economical” converters use less of the rare metals and wear out faster or don’t work well in the first place.  So when replacing catalyic concerters, it’s best not to cheap out. This doesnt mean you need the most expensive one on the market, but a happy medium.

Performing routine car maintenance the key to a long lasting engine, and in turn a long lasting catalytic coverter. Setting up a schedule with a reputable auto repair facility can take the headache out of remembering when to do what and keep you on track.  If you have concerns about your catalytic converter, don’t hesitate to stop by and have your shop of choice take a peek.

If you are looking for top quality auto repair in Mint Hill or Charlotte area, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.


Ken Manchester