Chevrolet K1500 Catalytic Converter
Things that You Can Do to Make Your Chevrolet K1500 Catalytic Converter Last Longer
The catalytic converter in modern vehicles usually has an average lifespan of around 100,000 miles. But there are several factors that could affect its performance and service life. Good thing there are also some things that you can do to counter these damaging factors and to maintain the integrity and efficiency of your Chevrolet K1500 catalytic converter. Here are some of them:
- Save the engine from overheating.
Engine overheating can do so much more than just inflicting self-damage and shortening its own lifespan. It can also cause misfires and detonation, which can cause melting of the ceramic substrate found inside the converter. This condition can also cause failure of the catcon's matting. So as soon as you notice that the engine is running hot than usual, troubleshoot the problem right away and provide it with the necessary fix.
- Avoid passing through road bumps.
The vehicle's exhaust and emissions components are installed at the bottom of the vehicle, where they are prone to road debris, road salt, mud, and other damaging elements. Besides that, they also suffer from serious beatings every time the vehicle passes over bumps and potholes. As rocks or other hard objects hit the catalytic converter casing, the substrate brick may get detached and may cause clogging in the airflow downstream. So as much as possible, avoid going over road bumps. This is particularly important for vehicles that come with low-hanging exhaust.
- Diagnose and fix exhaust leaks as soon as you can.
Excessively hot exhaust can burn the catalytic converter. The most common culprit for the excessively high exhaust temperature is an exhaust leak upstream in the exhaust pipes. If there's a leak, unmeasured outside air finds its way into the exhaust stream, and this can dilute the air and fuel ratio. The extra oxygen also results in higher temperatures inside the catcon.
- Make sure the cylinder head gasket is always in good condition.
By keeping the cylinder head gasket in good working condition, you are, at the same time, upholding the reliability of your catalytic converter. You see, the catcon is very much sensitive to the changes in the contents and temperature of the exhaust gases. If the cylinder head gasket is damaged, oil or coolant can find its way into the combustion chamber and will be burned in the cylinders. This can cause the catalytic converter to wear out and worse, break down.