Reduce Car PollutionMost car owners who come through Auto Specialty of Lafayette, Inc. understand the value of the oil change, an annual tune-up, or even tire alignment. However, fewer people it seems understand the value of a catalytic converter—and why it’s important to keep it in good working condition. So, here are a few facts about catalytic converters (originally shared by How Stuff Works) that can help you better understand and take care of your vehicle.

Catalytic Converters…

1. Reduce pollution.

According to How Stuff Works, the main function of a catalytic converter is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave the car’s­ exhaust system. Many states regulate the amount of emissions allowed for a car to be registered, and a catalytic converter is an important part of meeting those standards.

2. Became standard in 1975.

Catalytic converters weren’t part of automobile assembly from the beginning. In fact, they were introduced in vehicles as a standard in 1975 in response to laws regarding cars and pollution.

3. Prevent a number of harmful emissions.

Three main emissions that a car engine emit include nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide, and water vapors. In smaller amounts, cars often also release carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and nitrogen oxides—all of which can be quite harmful. A catalytic converter responds to each of these emissions to help eliminate or minimize their release into the atmosphere.

4. Work best at high temperatures.

Modern catalytic converters still have a margin for improvement. One of the major pitfalls is that the catalytic converter works best at high temperatures, so when you start your car cold, the catalytic converter doesn’t start working until the engine heats up. You may want to ask your auto mechanic whether anything can be done to improve the function of your car’s catalytic converter.

At Auto Specialty, we take great pride in helping you keep your vehicle in good running order. To find out more about the catalytic converter on your car or to schedule a check-up, contact us today at (765) 477-7300.


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