Catalytic Converters Archives - Page 4 of 6 - Brake & Front End
Tech Spec: 100 Years of Changing Internal Combustion Technology

It would be interesting to hear what Nicolaus Otto, credited as the father of the first functional four-stroke IC engine, would say after seeing some of the advanced powerplants dropped into vehicles today.

Man Arrested for Stealing 14 Catalytic Converters in Broad Daylight

Police have arrested a man for stealing 14 catalytic converters in Albemarle County, VA. The suspect used an electric Sawzall, which was connected to a generator in the bed of his truck. Police reported that the converters were sold out of the area for between $60 and $80 each. The thefts caused an estimated $23,988 in damages.

Thieves Targeting Catalytic Converters in Wal-Mart Parking Lot [VIDEO]

Police in Atlanta, GA, say thieves have targeted vehicles parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot several times during the past month. With the right saw, it only takes the thieves a minute or two steal a catalytic converter.

Scrap Metal Task Force Catching Catalytic Converter Thieves in Oregon

Catalytic converter thieves can make up to $1,000 a night. To combat this, a newly formed scrap metal task force in Washington County, Oregon, is arresting catalytic converter thieves when they attempt to sell their stolen converters to area recyclers.

2010 Walker Emissions Control Catalog Features Hundreds of New Parts for Domestic and Foreign-Nameplate Models

Among the new parts highlighted in the 2010 Walker catalog are more than 50 additional direct-fit Walker Ultra OBD II catalytic converters, dozens of CalCat converters for the California market, 21 manifold converters, 46 additional Quiet-Flow SS stainless steel mufflers, and nearly 80 new pipe SKUs.

Tech Feature: Lack of Power Leads to Exhaust Restriction Analysis

In the early days of carburetors and mechanical fuel pumps, most lack-of-power complaints stemmed from vapor locking on the fuel pump or the fuel filter clogging. But that’s becoming the exception rather than the rule.

Nearly 250 Catalytic Converters Stolen from Litchfield, CT, Business

Jeffrey Dinwell told a reporter from WFSB-TV Channel 3 that someone broke into Ding’s Auto Salvage Yard this past weekend and stole nearly 250 catalytic converters. The catalytic converters were locked in a storage container, but that didn’t deter the thieves.

Toyota 4Runners Targeted by Catalytic Converter Thieves

Thieves in Charleston, SC, are targeting catalytic converters on Toyota 5Runners. A police spokesperson told WCSC News that these vehicles are being targeted because they sit high off the ground and the catalytic converters are often bolted on so they don’t need to be cut off.

Tech Feature: Detecting Misfires in OBD II Engines

With OBD II, there’s no missing misfires. Most engine control systems with OBD II monitor the speed of the crankshaft between cylinder firings to detect misfires. The powertrain control module (PCM) notes the relative position of the crankshaft via the crankshaft position sensor (CKP) each time a trigger pulse is sent to the ignition system.

Tech Tip: Ticking or Knocking Noise Coming from Some Ford Catalytic Converters

Some 1997-2003 F-150 vehicles equipped with any engine, and 1997-1998 F-250 LD vehicles equipped with the 5.4L engine, may exhibit a ticking or knocking noise coming from the catalytic converters.

Denver Seeing Increase in Catalytic Converter Thefts [VIDEO]

A news report on 9NEWS discussed the recent rash of catalytic converter thefts in the Denver, CO, area. Vehicle owners who are hit by these thieves often face large repair bills to repair their exhaust system.

Catalytic Converter Tech Feature: Diagnosing P0420 or P0430 DTCs

Although modern OBD II technology has simplified catalytic converter diagnostics, it’s still important to understand the basics of catalytic converter operation when dealing with a P0420 or P0430 DTC. Gary Goms explores the basics of catalytic converter chemistry and summarizes how common converter failures can be diagnosed.