Kearns Catalytic Converter Services

One of the most important components of your exhaust system is the catalytic converter, which converts the dangerous gases and chemicals in your exhaust into safer emissions. Often a problem with the catalytic converter will cause your check engine light to come on. (Learn more about diagnostic trouble codes.) Any time the check engine light comes on, you should take your car to an auto repair shop to be checked. A damaged or malfunctioning catalytic converter not only means that your car is emitting toxic gases, but it can also reduce your engine’s efficiency and in severe cases can pose a safety hazard. Catalytic converter malfunction can also be an indication of other engine problems. If your check engine light is on or you suspect a problem with your catalytic converter, bring your car in to Kearns Master Muffler and let us diagnose the problem.

How do Catalytic Converters Work?

A catalytic converter reduces the amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides that your car emits. These chemicals are created as part of the engine’s combustion process and can be very dangerous to humans and the environment.

Catalytic converters use a catalyst to initiate a chemical reaction that turn these harmful chemicals into harmless ones. The catalyst is a ceramic structure that is coated with a metal such as platinum, rhodium, or palladium. As the exhaust gases flow into this structure, the metal reacts with the chemicals, causing them to mix with the oxygen in the air and turning them into harmless carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, which are expelled out of the car.

diagram of a catalytic converter

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