Ford Explorer Catalytic Converter
A Few Tips to Safeguard Your Ford Explorer Catalytic Converter
If you're thinking that you're not contributing to air pollution, think again. The emissions produced by your vehicle add up to the harmful gases that contaminate our environment. Good thing, the catalytic converter exists. It's the one responsible for reducing the harmful emissions in your car so that it becomes less toxic when released into the air.
To avoid frequent replacement, you need to take care of your Ford Explorer catalytic converter by doing the following maintenance tips:
- Keep the engine and fuel systems in good condition.
The best way to prolong the lifespan of the catcon is to make sure that it will work only at the right temperature. Allowing it to operate at high temperature for extended periods can cause the catcon's substrate to melt down and become a solid mass, causing your Explorer to give a sluggish performance. This occurs when rich fuel mixture reaches the converter, so if you don't want this to happen to your cat con, make sure that your engine and fuel systems are kept in good shape.
- Deal with ignition problems at once.
You may not know it, but some problems with your Explorer's ignition can drive raw fuel into the catalytic converter, causing it to get red hot. So if you think you're having fouled spark plugs, improper ignition timing, or faulty air pump, have the problem fixed right away so it won't cause unburned fuel to pass through the engine and reach the converter.
- Do a regular cat con inspection.
If it's possible for you to check on the catalytic converter regularly, do so. Just remember that this is no easy task as you have to securely raise your vehicle for you to fully access the exhaust system. Once you notice that the cat con is no longer in good shape, it's best to bring your car to a nearby auto repair shop to have it examined. The catalytic converter can be cleaned and reused if it's still in good condition. But if it's already busted, make sure that you replace your cat con as soon as you can, as this can cause you to fail an emissions test.