What Does a Car’s Catalytic Converter Do?

A catalytic converter is an exhaust system component that is very important to your vehicle’s combustion and emission processes. It is often the part that is causing a vehicle to fail an emissions test or the reason behind a lit check engine light. It plays a vital role.


The catalytic converter is a part that manages and changes the pollutants and toxic gasses released by a vehicle’s engine. It goes through chemical processes to change those unsafe pollutants into a less-harmful forms, like water and carbon dioxide.


The catalytic converter itself is made of precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, and platinum that act as catalysts in chemical reactions. Because of its high value, it is often targeted by thieves. When this part gets stolen or damaged, you need to get a replacement right away.


Though you may be able to operate your vehicle without one, it is unsafe to do so for long. The catalytic converter is a part you can't do without. As you may know, automotive motors are not great for the environment. Without your catalytic converter, you are likely going to fail a smog test. 


In conclusion, it's good to ensure your catalytic converter is intact and working at all times. Not only will you be playing a part in limiting vehicle emissions, but you'll also avoid the penalty and risks of driving without one. If you need emissions system service and repairs, look no further than Richman Automotive & Towing. Feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment with our experts today.

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