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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is a car component that forms part of the exhaust system. It's a metal canister filled with chemical catalysts (Palladium and Platinum) that help convert vehicle emissions into less harmful gases. Over time, the converter can get damaged and become faulty. Here are the common symptoms of a bad catalytic converter. Rattling Noises These noises usually occur in old and internally damaged catalytic converters. They occur due to the breakaway and collapse of the catalyst meshes lined inside the metal canister. The damage to the honeycomb mesh stems from the rich fuel mixture from the engine. A rattling noise is easy to hear when you start your car's engine, and it can worsen over time. Reduced Engine Performance If the catalytic converter is damaged, you may experience reduced engine performance characterized by the loss of power and acceleration. Another sign is a reduction in fuel economy. A clogged converter results in the restricted flow of exhaust ... read more