The catalytic converter has been around for a long time. Their inventor, Eugen Houdry, was a French immigrant mechanical engineer. He first developed them for large smoke stacks, then forklifts, and finally for gas cars in the late 1950s. However, wide-spread installations of catalytic converters did not occur until the 1970s in the US, and much later in the rest of the world.
A problem with your catalytic converter will have some obvious tell-tale signs, so here is what to look out for.
What to Look Out For
- Check Engine light is on – the oxygen sensors in your car will pick up an issue with the catalytic converter. This will also cause a failed emissions test.
- Strange exhaust smell – a failing catalytic convert will fail to convert unburnt fuel, which would result in a sulfur (bad eggs) smell.
- Lack of power – sometime the catalytic converter will become clogged up when failing, resulting in weaker power.
- Rattling noise – if the catalytic converter is damaged, it will cause noticeable rattling when the engine is running.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give the European Service Center a visit. Our ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any catalytic converter issues you may be having.