A Catalytic Converter is a metal device that is installed on the muffler of a vehicle. Its purpose is to decrease pollutants released into the atmosphere while running an internal combustion engine. They are constructed from precious metals, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Although initially introduced for the United States market in the 1970s because of EPA requirements. However, others countries are beginning to mandate its installation by law. It’s because catalytic converters have done an excellent job at decreasing pollution in cities like Los Angeles, which had a severe “smog” problem.
The catalytic converter on your BMW can last up to 10 years without any problems. However, there is a possibility of damage to occur from contaminants, overheating, clogging or an accident. But how do you know that there is something wrong?
Since catalytic converters are made from precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, they are susceptible to theft. There was a 25% increase in the number of thefts reported in 2015 compared to 2008. To reduce the risk of this type of theft park in well-lit areas, and attempt some additional welding.
The Catalytic Converter is one of the most important aspects of the exhaust & emissions system. At European Service Center, we have 35 years of experience with exhaust & emissions services. Our highly trained ASE certified service technicians have the tools to properly inspect, diagnose and repair any exhaust & emissions issues you may have –especially the catalytic converter. Schedule your appointment today.