A clogged catalytic converter can create poor gas mileage and lower your engine-performance levels. Additionally, a clogged converter can no longer control the harmful emissions the vehicle’s exhaust releases into the air. Thus if you wish to fix yours without taking it to the shop, check out these quick and simple steps.
1 – OBSERVING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Before you start, be sure your car is parked on a hard, flat, well-lit surface. Open the hood and lift the prop rod. Secure the prop rod in position to keep the hood of the car open. Put on your protective eye wear before you move to the next step.
2 – REMOVING THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER
With the use of a wrench loosen and remove the bolts that secure the converter into its position, placing the bolts in a safe place until you require them again. You may now remove the catalytic converter from your exhaust system.
3 – CHECKING THE CONVERTER
Next, check the converter for any damage. Shake the converter and listen for any noises. If there is any damage, to it, you should take it out and properly get rid of it before fixing a new one.
4 – CLEANING THE CONVERTER
Use a cleaning cloth to wipe away any dirt from the face of the converter. Use the power washer to force out any built up debris inside, ensuring you get into the inlet and outlet pipes. If it’s still dirty, you may have to soak it in a mixture of degreaser and hot water.
5 – ALLOWING THE CONVERTER TO DRY
After those steps, give the catalytic converter enough time to dry completely before you mount it back into the exhaust system and re-insert the bolts into place.