If your car, truck, or C/SUV’s engine is acting up, it could be that you’ve got a clogged catalytic converter. If you drive an automobile that is a decade or older, the catalytic converter can go bad. Automobile Diagnostics can replace the catalytic converter when it needs it. Here are signs that it does.
Acceleration and Engine Performance Lag
If you have noticed that your engine is struggling to perform lately, it could be a problem with the catalytic converter. When the catalytic converter gets clogged, the exhaust has nowhere to go but back into the combustion chamber. When this happens, your acceleration and engine performance will lag.
A Noticeable Reduction in Fuel Economy
Unfortunately, as your engine struggles to run, it will burn through the diesel fuel or gasoline in the tank more quickly. This will cause a noticeable reduction in your automobile’s fuel economy. You will continue to struggle with gas mileage until such time as you get the catalytic converter replaced.
Dark Exhaust Flowing Out of the Tailpipe
Sometimes, the catalytic converter can malfunction and not treat the exhaust as it should. When this happens, you may see dark exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe. This can also be a sign that you have a rich fuel mixture that is being burned in the combustion chamber.
Burning Sulfur Odors in the Exhaust
If you smell burning sulfur in the exhaust, the catalytic converter has a built-up of sulfur deposits. As the scorching exhaust flows over the deposits, it burns the sulfur and creates an odor that smells like rotten eggs. This is definitely a sign that the catalytic converter needs to be replaced because it has gone bad.
Excessive Heat Underneath the Vehicle
The clogged or malfunctioning catalytic converter can produce excessive heat underneath your car, truck, or utility vehicle. You may not notice this heat at first, but as it rises into the engine, it will increase your engine’s temperature. In severe cases, the engine will overheat.
An Illuminated Check Engine Light
Finally, all of these symptoms can be accompanied by a warning on your vehicle’s dashboard. In the case of the catalytic converter, the check engine light will turn on. This is because the exhaust is not being treated and released as it should be. Replacing the catalytic converter solves the problem.
Automobile Diagnostics in Columbus, IN, is here to help, so call us today. We can inspect the catalytic converter and replace it if necessary.