Garden Grove Catalytic Converter Repair
Catalytic converters are an essential component of a vehicle’s exhaust system, and have been present in almost every street legal vehicle manufactured in the recent decades. The primary function of a catalytic converter is to superheat the unburned particles present in the engine’s exhaust gases. As the engine warms up, the catalytic converter heats up to an operating temperature of 500-1200°F, allowing it to burn harmful particles in the exhaust gases, converting them to water vapor and carbon dioxide. The catalyst inside a catalytic converter is usually made of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, or palladium, which makes them quite expensive. This has led to a rise in the number of catalytic converter thefts, as thieves target them for their valuable metals.
The process of replacing a catalytic converter is a labor-intensive job that requires welding, and is not something that can be easily done at home. Thankfuly this is something the experts at Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove do all the time. Additonally, in some cases, it may also be necessary to replace the vehicle’s oxygen sensors at the same time. One of the most common causes of a failing catalytic converter is consistent short trips, which do not allow the exhaust to heat up sufficiently and burn off the deposits forming in the catalytic converter. To prevent this, it is recommended that you take your vehicle for an occasional drive on the highway for 15 minutes or more, to allow the exhaust to heat up sufficiently.
Symptoms of a failing catalytic converter include a check engine light, loss of power, rotten egg smell, decrease in fuel economy, backfiring or misfiring, and rough running engine. If the catalytic converter isn’t operating efficiently, the check engine light will come on and the engine’s power and fuel economy can begin to diminish. If it becomes completely clogged, the check engine light will begin to flash and the engine may stall or refuse to start. In extreme cases, a clogged catalytic converter can even create enough excess back pressure to cause internal engine damage. Additionally, a vehicle with a failing catalytic converter will fail a smog check and will not be able to be registered.
At Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove, we recommend that you get any symptoms related to catalytic converter failure checked as soon as possible. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to costly repairs and even internal engine damage. Regular maintenance, including occasional long drives on the highway, can help prolong the life of your catalytic converter and save you money in the long run.
If you are concerned about any of your vehicles catalytic converter or you would like to have it inspected call Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove today at 714-537-0076. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Garden Grove – Orange County CA
12776 Nutwood Street Garden Grove, CA 92840
Call Today: 714-537-0076 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repairs
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