Downtown Ogden Master Muffler Catalytic Converter Service
One of the most important components of your exhaust system is the catalytic converter. Its main function is to reduce the toxicity of the emissions from your engine. This makes cleaner air for everyone and improves overall engine performance. At Master Muffler Downtown Ogden, our service experts have the expertise to address any catalytic converter issues you may encounter. We are conveniently located to serve Ogden and the surrounding areas.
What is a Catalytic Converter?
The catalytic converter plays a major role in your vehicle’s exhaust system. This component, most commonly referred to as the cat, filters, or “converts”, the polluting byproducts released by your vehicle’s exhaust. The cat is located inside your exhaust system. It looks like a honeycomb and is made up of precious metals like gold, platinum, rhodium, and palladium. These metals are able to help filter out the pollutants. Most modern vehicles have a single cat installed in their exhaust pipe, while some newer luxury vehicles feature two cats in line.
What to Watch For
The average life span of a cat is around 100,000 miles or about 10 years. There is a chance that something may go wrong and you will need to have it replaced earlier. Most problems with the catalytic converter will trigger your check engine light to come on. It is always important to have your engine checked when the light is on, but in the case that your catalytic converter is malfunctioning, it is especially important to have your vehicle fixed. Problems with the catalytic converter mean that your car could be emitting harmful gases. Problems with your catalytic converter can also cause poor vehicle performance, or be evidence of other engine problems. Winter pollution is extremely high and making sure that your catalytic converter is performing correctly can go a long way in helping to fix the problem.
How Catalytic Converters Help the Environment
Vehicles are a major cause of air pollution. They create a lot of hazardous gases and pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and unburned hydrocarbons. These gases hurt our air quality as well as the environment. In Utah, protecting our air quality is especially important. During the winter months, we experience inversion which makes it difficult to breathe and can ruin our view of our state’s gorgeous scenery. The catalytic converter in your vehicle helps to cut down those pollutants and helps to protect our air.
One of the biggest pollutants caused by automobiles upon the environment is caused by the release of carbon into the air. A catalytic converter does this by oxidizing the pollutants that are going through the exhaust. This causes carbon monoxide (CO) in the engine to be released as carbon dioxide (CO2), which is far cleaner for the air that we breathe. This simple component makes the atmosphere healthier for people, which is a huge deal here in Utah where we suffer from inversion and poor air quality.