It’s important to understand the basics of catalytic converter chemistry and how catalytic converter failures are diagnosed.
Understanding catalytic converter efficiency codes can be a long road to a happy customer or an expensive comeback.
Catalytic converters have become a hot product among thieves. Has the global pandemic played a part?
A driver could be poisoning their catalytic converters without even knowing it. Some engine oils and coolants may contain ingredients that damage catalytic converters. Sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.
If a three-way catalytic converter is functioning properly, only nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water should be coming from the tail pipe. Sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.
Almost every part on the engine determines how long a catalytic converter will last. It could be a faulty line of computer code that pulses an injector too long, or it could be a stuck piston ring that allows oil to be sucked into the combustion chamber. These little details can limit the life of a catalytic converter.
A moral dilemma that many shops encounter on a regular basis: A good customer comes in with the engine light ablaze. Running the usual diagnostics, you encounter a catalytic converter efficiency code, a slow to respond oxygen sensor or some proprietary fuel trim code. Other than the light, the customer has not noticed any other
Watching an oxygen sensor output on an oscilloscope is like watching a sporting event on television. You get to see the action, but can do nothing about it as it happens. Sometimes you miss the action and want an instant replay. It was a bad call. You saw the interference. If the referee didn’t see
AutoCarePro sister publication Counterman magazine recently asked Henry Hippert, executive sales director of Eastern Catalytic, to bring readers up to speed on rules and regulations regarding catalytic converters.
The perfect internal combustion vehicle would be able to put the exact amount of fuel and air into the combustion chamber. If the perfect combustion event happened, you would get nothing more than water and carbon dioxide. We are not there yet. In the mean time, we have exhaust gas recirculation systems (EGR), secondary air injection and catalytic converters.
Platinum miners in South Africa went on strike toward the end of January. This situation half a world away could have real impact on the price, sales and safety of catalytic converters. Also, read how some resourceful shops are marketing services to guard against the rise in catalytic converter thefts.