What Is A Catalytic Converter?

Typically, a catalytic converter is known as "cat" or "catcon". It is a device that is used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. It was first widely introduced on series-production automobiles in the US market for the 1975 model year to comply with tightening EPA regulations regarding auto exhaust. Car of today may have two or more depending on the engine configuration and manufacturer.

Still generally used in motor vehicle exhaust systems, catalytic converters are also used on generator sets, trucks, buses, trains, forklifts, mining equipment, and other engine-equipped machines. A catalytic converter yields an environment for a chemical reaction wherein toxic combustion by-products are converted to less-toxic substances, making emissions as clean a possible. The purpose of a catalytic converter, using its internal catalyst, is to massively minimize the level of harmful emissions in a car's exhaust. These are carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen and particulates.

Emissions are dangerous to health

All of these emissions are dangerous to health and are environmental hazards. Furthermore, they contribute to the build up of photochemical smog. A catalytic converter transforms these poisonous gases to harmless carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, and water. In simple terms, the catalytic converter can almost be thought of as an engine of its own.

The converter uses fuel and oxygen to stop its internal catalyst, which consumes a big portion of the gases flowing through the converter. However, a converter does not eliminate emissions altogether, though it greatly reduces emissions.

No maintenance required

This is because their long-term livelihood depends on proper care and maintenance of your vehicle. For example: if your car starts to run rough, produces smoke from the tailpipe, or the "service engine soon" or "check engine" light appears, then have it checked out as soon as you can by a professional mechanic.

"This is usually true if those mentioned lights
constantly flash instead of being steadily lit!"

Do NOT take for granted warning signs because they may indicate costly damage to the converter. In this case it will need replacing. Symptoms of a faulty and/or a failing converter could mean failing an emissions test, unsatisfactory performance from your vehicle, serious high engine temperature, and even engine stalling. So there you have it. It's really not that complex when you understand how and what the numbers actually stand for and indicate about your personal car, 4X4 pick up, and truck. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding when to change your car battery.