18th March 2022
Catalytic converters are essential for removing harmful gasses from your car’s exhausts and are on every car. The precious metals in a catalytic converter have made them a target for theft in recent years, so if this happens, it can be quite costly to replace. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about catalytic converters!
Catalytic converters take the damaging gasses, such as carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and other hydrocarbons and turn them into less harmful elements like water vapour and carbon dioxide. The interior of a converter is designed to mimic the honeycomb structure and contains precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium. These metals are of high value which unfortunately makes the converter a target for thieves.
The catalytic converter is usually placed underneath the car near the exhaust outlet – this is because it needs to work at high temperatures of up to 400 degrees to reach maximum efficiency.
Catalytic converters contain a fair number of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Often, thieves will steal the convertors and recycle these precious metals and the cost of replacing them can cost motorists around £2000. However, there are steps you can take to protect your vehicle: