What is a Catalytic Converter?

When it comes to the exhaust systems of modern gas-powered or diesel-powered vehicles, the catalytic converter is one of the most important components. It is vital to convert very harmful emissions gasses and fumes into less harmful exhaust. If it is not performing properly, it's bad for the driver and passengers, bad for the environment and bad for your vehicle itself. 

Does Your Vehicle Have a Catalytic Converter?

This may depend on the age of your vehicle because catalytic converters weren't a requirement until 1975. Some older vehicles may still have one, but a lot of older cars and trucks may not. Colorado emissions requirements are very strict and will affect all cars older than seven (7) years. Whether your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter or not, it must meet the state's emissions/smog testing requirements

What Does the Catalytic Converter Do?

A catalytic converter essentially burns off the harmful gasses and fumes expelled by your engine. It helps convert these toxic expulsions into much less-harmful exhaust fumes. Your exhaust system will divert the fumes from your engine compartment through the catalytic converter and then out the exhaust pipe in the back of the vehicle. If there are any exhaust leaks in the pipes or any components of the system such as the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter or muffler, the results can be very dangerous. It will affect your vehicle's emissions and performance, and deadly carbon monoxide could leak into the passenger cabin.

Signs of a Failing Catalytic Converter

There are a few common symptoms that might suggest you have catalytic converter or other exhaust system problems. Here are a few you need to be aware of:

      1. The engine is misfiring or the vehicle won't start.

      2. Reduced fuel economy.

      3. Funny smells (exhaust smell is stronger than usual).

      4. Failed smog test.

      5. Check engine light comes on.

      6. Vehicle won't accelerate like normal.

Catalytic Converter and Exhaust System Repairs

When it comes to your catalytic converter and entire exhaust system, LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs has you covered. We can perform the necessary inspections to get to the heart of the problem, and then our expert automotive repair technicians can make repairs, replace parts and make sure the exhaust system is performing as it should. 

If you think you might have an exhaust system problem, need a new catalytic converter or your check engine light is on, call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your next service appointment online.

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