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What is a catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter is located in front of the exhaust system of the car. The catalytic converter ensures toxic gases are converted into non-harmful exhaust emissions such as water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. This is done through a chemical reaction which happens when the precious metals in the catalytic converter meet the harmful toxins. After the harmful gases are filtered out the emissions leave the exhaust.
Broken catalytic converter
When the catalytic converter breaks down a light fill flash on the dashboard. You may also notice the the engine losing power. Sometimes there may be a rattling noise. A broken catalytic converter is often caused by a poorly tuned engine. Blockages in the catalytic converter are also quite common.
Catalytic converter replacement - buying a used catalytic converter
A bad catalytic converter will have to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent the car losing more power. The cost of catalytic converter replacement is dependent on the car. Some cars will need to have part of the exhaust removed first. You can lower your cost by choosing a used catalytic converter when replacing. TotalParts offers catalytic converters and other used parts. You'll find parts from various wrecking companies here, so you'll only need one site for all your used car parts. You'll find used catalytic converters for various car makes here, including Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Ford, Fiat and more. Can't find the part you're looking for? Submit our request form
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