Honda, the manufacturer of Acura vehicles, has achieved a lot in designing more efficient engines. But despite this fact, their engine technology is not yet as perfect as to convert all the fuel being delivered to the engine into pure mechanical energy. Still, some of the fuel is wasted and rather converted into harmful byproducts like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. It is the function of the Acura catalytic converter to convert these harmful substances to less harmful ones before they are emitted to the outside environment.
Catalytic converters, or simply catalysts or "cats", are emission-control products that ensures that the exhausts coming from your car is safe from any harmful substances like hydrocarbons and other harmful byproducts of the engine's combustion process. Most vehicles today, including Acura vehicles, are equipped with three-way catalytic converters. Such converters are equipped with two catalysts, each converting a particular byproduct into a less harmful substance.
One catalyst in modern catalytic converters is the reduction catalyst. This catalyst is often made of platinum and rhodium and induces the reduction of nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and oxygen. The other catalyst is the oxidation catalyst, which is responsible for converting carbon monoxide and other hydrocarbons in to carbon dioxide, which is less harmful to the environment, and water, which is totally harmless. The oxidation catalyst is mainly composed of platinum and palladium.
Acura catalytic converters can greatly reduce the harmful effects of Acura vehicles to the environment. And whether you like them or not, your Acura must be equipped with one as the law requires you to equip them with it. Should your Acura catalytic converter get damaged, you can always find a good replacement of it from any auto parts source.