The catalytic converter is responsible for controlling emissions from your vehicle. While the device typically lasts the lifetime of the vehicle, issues can arise and accidents can happen. Cars that run into issues with the converter tend to be older and are generally caused by a clog. The exhaust cannot expel itself through the muffler and air cannot get in for the fuel/air mixture that allows a car to run properly.
These signs may be an indicator of a catalytic converter issue:
- Sudden decrease in fuel efficiency.
- Reduced response to acceleration.
- “Check engine” light comes on.
- Vehicle may fail to start.
- Vehicle may fail an emissions test.
To prevent pollution and remain in accordance with state law, ensure that your catalytic converter is running properly. Stay aware and look for any signs of catalytic converter failure. These parts don’t require any special care. But a mechanic will be able to tell you if there is an issue that should be addressed.
Visit your Twin Cities Toyota dealer to have an experienced car care professional diagnose the issue and make any repairs to the catalytic converter if necessary.
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