Catalytic converters have a rich history that's spanned a period of nearly a century. They were patented by Eugene Houdry, whose original intent was to use precious metals banded together in an effort to reduce automobile smog in major cities across France. Little did he know that his invention would have practical applications in the modern era where concerns of global warming would soon dominate the landscape.
Catalytic converters have been a huge part of American car culture for over 40 years, as they've been doing their part to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions for that long. In fact, they were mandated by law as far back as the 1970s for these very reasons. Our environment and health have greatly benefited from catalytic converters. Unfortunately, so have car thieves. Their vast combination of precious metals has made them a target for those looking to make extra money by converting them into scrap metals.
Catalytic converters do their job very well. In fact, their complex blend of precious metals pushes harmful toxins through three separate chambers where they undergo several chemical changes. The first half involves the reduction chamber, where platinum and rhodium are used to convert the toxins to nitric oxide. From there, the new gas is pushed towards the oxidization chamber, where it's converted into oxygen prior to going through the oxygen sensor, where air levels are adjusted for optimal safety. The entire process relies on a maximum temperature of 400 degrees for optimal safety.
The catalytic converter is conveniently located at the rear of the car, right next to the exhaust pipes, which makes them easily accessible to anyone. They are placed there to keep them away from the heat of the engine for safety reasons. However, this has made them vulnerable to theft, which is due to their compound of precious metals used for scrapping.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your catalytic converter safe. One is to lock your car in your garage. Another is by having the VIN number etched onto it for tracing.
If you need to replace your catalytic converter, just bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!