Drivers of Toyota Priuses often end up the victims of catalytic converter theft. This being said, those who drive large trucks also have converters that are in high demand because they are bigger. CAR FIX in Cookeville can replace your catalytic converter if it has been taken from underneath your automobile. Before you contact us, however, contact the authorities and your insurance company to report the theft. Below, we have listed signs that the catalytic converter has been stolen.
Check Engine Warning
One of the first things that is going to happen is your check engine light is going to turn on once you start your automobile and remain on. The main computer chip, the engine control unit, will be inundated with system errors because the catalytic converter is missing. As such, it will turn on the check engine light because it cannot resolve the problem.
Loud and Roaring Engine
Another thing that you are going to notice is a very loud and roaring engine. As the combustion chamber creates exhaust, it pushes it into the exhaust manifold. The exhaust manifold then pushes the exhaust into the catalytic converter. As you can imagine, it takes a bit of force to get the exhaust through the exhaust system. The loud roaring you hear is this force.
This exhaust push is also going to affect your vehicle’s acceleration because the combustion chamber releases exhaust when you accelerate. Every time you push down on the accelerator, your car, truck, or utility vehicle is going to jerk and the engine will roar.
There will also be a noticeable difference in how your engine performs when you are driving at slower speeds. This is because the missing catalytic converter indirectly affects the engine’s ability to produce torque, i.e., power when you are going slow.
Noticeable Exhaust Odors
As we mentioned above, the exhaust manifold pushes the exhaust into the catalytic converter where it can be treated. Because the converter is gone, the exhaust is pushed into the open air. Consequently, it can waft upward and enter your passenger cabin.
Feeling Sick When You Drive
You will not only notice the exhaust odors inside your cabin but you may also start to get sick if you inhale them. As you know, vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide which is a deadly gas. As such, we recommend that you avoid driving your automobile if it doesn’t have a catalytic converter.
Call CAR FIX in Cookeville, TN, today so we can inspect your exhaust system to make sure the only damage it sustained was the catalytic converter theft. We will also install a new converter.