Chevrolet S10 Catalytic Converter
How to Keep Your Chevrolet S10 Catalytic Converter in Superb Condition
Your Chevrolet S10 catalytic converter turns harmful exhaust compounds into much less toxic chemicals in order to reduce its destructive effects to the Earth's atmosphere. Catalytic converters supposedly last as long as your car does. However, there are many different instances which results to untimely damage of catalytic converters including physical impact, contamination, and exhaust restriction. The price alone of replacing a damaged catalytic converter will make anyone agree that preventive maintenance is definitely better than repair and replacement. To keep your catalytic converter in tiptop shape, check out these following maintenance tips:
- Perform regular engine tune-ups.
A well-maintained engine makes a healthy catalytic converter. Engine tune-ups can potentially prevent a number of problems from occurring to your car's catalytic converters. Regularly check the oil level of your car and refill it if necessary. It is also best to check for any leakage as a diagnostic measure. You can perform exhaust leak test by simply listening for any ticking noise from your manifold and by checking your manifold physically.
- Inspect your fuel injector regularly.
Reduced power and fuel efficiency may also be caused by incomplete combustion due to leaky fuel injectors. The leaked fuel will eventually clog up the converter and damage it entirely. In order to prevent this, always check the fuel injectors as well as the regulator to make sure that they are operating properly. Fuel injectors must be free from any leaks and if not, replace it accordingly. Regulators should also be replaced if you notice that fuel pressure is higher than normal.
- Replace deteriorated spark plugs immediately.
Damaged spark plugs causes misfire and therefore results to unburned fuel contaminating the catalytic converter. Routinely check if your spark plug wires are in top condition and regularly clean them to prevent future damages. If one of your spark plugs is damaged, make sure to replace them as soon as you can.
- Visually inspect for any signs of road damage.
Catalytic converters are placed at the rear part of your car's engine, this is why it is susceptible to physical damages caused by humps and bumps on the road. Physical damages such should be welded and soldered immediately to prevent further fracture to the ceramic honeycomb of the catalytic converter.