If your vehicle has been parked in a public parking space and the check engine light turns on and remains on after you fire up the engine, it’s possible that someone has stolen the catalytic converter. Stringer Auto Repair advises that the check engine light is just one sign that the converter is gone. We recommend that you call the police right away if you suspect someone has stolen the catalytic converter from underneath your automobile.
Extreme Engine Noise
Aside from the dashboard light, your engine is also going to be extremely loud. It will make roaring noises as the exhaust is forced out of the exhaust manifold into the open air. Normally, the catalytic converter is located directly behind and connected to the exhaust manifold so the manifold can force the exhaust into it. Unfortunately, there is nothing there now and you will hear this exhaust push.
This exhaust push will also make your automobile jerk when you try to accelerate. In addition to the uneven motion, the roaring sounds will get louder with each jerking motion. It’s not a good idea to drive your vehicle if it does not have the catalytic converter underneath it. We recommend that you pull over and call for a tow truck to bring your car, truck, or utility vehicle to our shop.
Lagging at Slow Speeds
Driving your automobile can get frustrating because of the jerking acceleration and the fact that the vehicle is going to lag at slow speeds. This, again, is because the catalytic converter is missing. The engine struggles to produce power at slower speeds when the catalytic converter is gone.
Performance issues are just one reason why we recommend that you avoid driving your automobile. Another reason why it’s better to have your car towed to our shop is that it is going to be releasing excessive hydrocarbons into the environment because the catalytic converter is no longer there to treat them. Unfortunately, this can cause a problem with your vehicle’s emissions.
Noticeable Exhaust Odors
What’s worse is that it can make you sick. Because there is avoid where the catalytic converter once was, the exhaust manifold pushes the exhaust into the open air. The exhaust can then waft into your passenger cabin where you will inhale it. This is dangerous and deadly.
Call Stringer Auto Repair in Johnstown, OH, today so we can inspect your exhaust system for damage and replace the catalytic converter.