Your catalytic converter significantly reduces your engine’s toxic emissions and pollutants. Keeping it in working order means cleaner air and a better running vehicle.
One of the most important components of your exhaust system is the catalytic converter. We’ve all heard of it, many of us have had to replace one, but many people have no idea what it does. Put simply, the catalytic converter, commonly called a cat, converts some of the more dangerous substances in your engine exhaust into safer emissions.
The process uses a catalyst to initiate a chemical reaction in the combustion emissions. Most models used today are called three-way converters because they convert the three most abundant pollutants into less toxic substances. Carbon Monoxide and excess Hydrocarbons are oxidized to create carbon dioxide and water, and nitrogen oxides undergo a reduction reaction to produce nitrogen.
A High Flow performance Catalytic Converter can increase the overall performance of your vehicle by performing the same task as your conventional Catalytic Converter but faster.
Catalytic Converter Repair and Maintenance
Although catalytic converters can last for 10 years or more, they can easily become contaminated, clogged, overheated, or damaged. It can be difficult to know when your catalytic converter is having one or more of these issues. Some of the warning signs and symptoms of catalytic converter damage include:
- Dark exhaust smoke
- Decreased engine performance
- Reduced acceleration
- Sulfuric exhaust odor
- High heat under the vehicle
If you are experiencing any of these issues, have your car inspected by a Master Muffler maintenance technician. We are experts in catalytic converter repair and diagnostics.