How do you know if your catalytic convertor is bad?
- Sluggish engine performance.
- Reduced acceleration.
- Dark exhaust smoke.
- The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs from the exhaust.
- Excessive heat under the vehicle.
Moreover, how long should a catalytic converter last?
Additionally, do I really need to replace my catalytic converter? Catalytic converters change harmful emissions into harmless gas, and they need to be replaced only if they become clogged or otherwise damaged and can't function properly. They're expensive to replace, so they aren't considered a regular maintenance item. A damaged “cat” should trigger a Check Engine light.
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Signs that you may need a new catalytic converter include:
- Your car throws a check engine light.
- Your engine misfires.
- Your car noticeably uses more fuel.
- Your car isn't performing the way it used to.
- Your car fails an emissions test or it has more emissions than normal.
Can a clogged catalytic converter be cleaned?
Clogged catalytic converters typically aren't cleaned, they're replaced. Once a cat gets clogged the exhaust is able to superheat the catalysts inside, melting/fusing them together and creating a more significant blockage. There is no saving it; it must be replaced.