What Is A Catalytic Converter?

catalytic-converterIt’s got a big name, and it does a big job. The catalytic converter’s job is this; it converts the three main pollutants from the combustion engine into less harmful pollutants. The main pollutants from the internal combustion engine are very harmful both to people and the environment. They are hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides.

Each of these types of pollutants are dangerous in their own way. Hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides can produce smog and acid rain. Carbon monoxide is considered a poison. The catalytic converter does exactly what its name implies: it converts these chemicals with the help of a catalyst. The catalyst is a mix of platinum and palladium coated on a honey-combed shape device in the muffler. It helps turn carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water, and nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and oxygen. 

That’s the basic overview of how a catalytic converter works and what it does. It plays a very important role in the functioning of your vehicle. Here at Gerrick’s Custom Exhaust and Auto Repair, we offer catalytic converter repairs alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (602) 689-7326.