What Is A Catalytic Converter And Why Does Your Vehicle Need One?

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What is a catalytic converter? How do catalytic converters work?

A catalytic converter is a device that uses a catalyst to convert harmful compounds like Hydrocarbons, Carbon monoxide and Nitrogen oxides in the car exhaust into harmless compounds.

The cat. converter is located around a third of the way down the exhaust system and looks like a small metal chamber which receives all the gasses coming from the exhaust system and changes their chemical nature.

What Is A Catalytic Converter And Why Does Your Vehicle Need One?

In a cat. converter, the catalyst (in the form of platinum and palladium) is coated onto a ceramic honeycomb or ceramic beads that are housed in a muffler-like package attached to the exhaust pipe.

Catalytic converters are used with internal combustion engines fueled by either petrol (gasoline) or diesel—including lean-burn engines as well as kerosene heaters and stoves.

This video explains how catalytic converters convert harmful gases into less harmful gases, so the air we breathe is more pleasant.

Check it out!

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