Ford Thunderbird Catalytic Converter
How to Care for the Ford Thunderbird Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter of your Ford Thunderbird is more hands-free compared to other parts of your ride. In most cases, the only time you will lay hands on it is when it is serviced or replaced. However, there are some things that you can do to help maintain this key exhaust component in good condition. The following are just some of ways you can do to keep the Ford Thunderbird catalytic converter in top form:
- Keep the engine cool.
The health of the catalytic converter is directly linked to the health of the engine, so when the engine overheats, the catalytic converter also takes a hit. In a worst case scenario, the extra-hot exhaust gas from the engine will melt the catalyst substrate and matting, rendering the cat inoperable and blocking the flow of exhaust to the muffler. So make sure to have the engine serviced on a regular schedule and keep the radiator coolant at recommended levels.
- Change the engine oil regularly.
Aside from engine temperature, changing the motor oil on a regular basis also contributes to a healthy catalytic converter. Engine oil tends to lose its effectiveness over time, and if left unchanged for too long, it may actually speed up the wear of the engine valves and piston rings. And when this happens, the oil will seep through and mix with fuel, resulting in tainted exhaust gas that can damage the catalytic converter and its oxygen sensor.
- Skip the fuel additives.
In a similar manner, adding additives to the fuel will also change the composition of the exhaust gas, resulting in incorrect readings from the oxygen sensor and contaminating the catalyst inside the converter. What's more, the Ford Thunderbird is already optimized to run at full efficiency straight out of the assembly line, so it's not really necessary to put additives in your gas.
- Keep an eye out for corrosion.
The location of the catalytic converter makes it highly exposed to mud and water, so it's not surprising if it develops rust spots after some time. To remove these spots, scrub the area with the very light gauge steel wool that's dipped in vinegar or cola. But if the corrosion is extensive, have the converter inspected to see if it needs to be replaced.