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Catalytic Converter Repairs

Domestic Auto Repairs in Tampa, FL

Mad Hatter Mufflers and Brake wants to help you take care of your car, especially the most complex parts like your catalytic converter. Call on us for catalytic converter repairs. Since 1978, we’ve served drivers throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and surrounding areas of central Florida.

What Does Your Catalytic Converter Do, Anyway?

A catalytic converter is a car component that works to reduce vehicle emissions and pollution. It is a metal canister that is installed in the exhaust system. It is filled with a chemical catalyst, usually a platinum and palladium mixture, and helps to convert the vehicle’s emissions into non-harmful gasses. Usually a faulty catalytic converter will produce a few symptoms that alert the driver that replacement may be required.

Causes of Catalytic Converter Failure

There are two ways a converter can fail:

  • It can become clogged
  • It can become poisoned

There really is no "inspection port" for the consumer or mechanic to see an actual clog in a converter. Often, the only way to tell if a catalytic converter is malfunctioning (plugged) is to remove it and check the change in engine performance. When a clogged converter is suspected, some mechanics temporarily remove the O2 sensor from the exhaust pipe ahead of the catalytic converter and look for a change in performance.

If your “cat” is giving you trouble, give us a call now at (813) 933-4179. We are the catalytic converter specialists in Tampa.

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