Jeep Cherokee Catalytic Converter
How to Prolong the Life of Your Jeep Cherokee Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter of your Jeep Cherokee is responsible for keeping harmful exhaust compounds at a minimum. Keeping it well-maintained helps prevent premature wear and tear. Fortunately, you don't have to visit a mechanic just to maintain its tiptop shape. Keep your Jeep Cherokee catalytic converter in its excellent working condition by following some of these trouble-free maintenance tips:
- Don't forget to perform regular engine tune-ups.
Most of the time, a catalytic converter goes bad just because a few simple preventive maintenance routines are not performed. Keep in mind that regular engine tune-ups can save you from catcon-related problems. Start by checking the appearance and level of the engine oil. Top it up if it's below the normal level and change it if it appears to be sludgy. You can also check the exhaust and fuel system for signs of leakage; patch up holes if necessary to keep your catcon from being contaminated.
- Clean your catalytic converter regularly.
Cleaning the surface of your catalytic converter is a good preventive maintenance practice that will benefit your vehicle in the long run. This keeps dirt and grime from building up and saves you from the headache caused by a corroded catcon. You can do this by simply wiping its surface with a cleaning cloth. You can also get rid of stuck debris or stubborn dirt using a high-pressure washer.
- Perform routine inspection on the catcon and its components.
Catalytic converters are unfortunately sensitive. One damaged component from your fuel and exhaust system can render your catcon useless. To prevent expensive catcon replacement, regularly check its condition. You should also inspect the condition of the components that are necessary to its operation including the oxygen sensor, spark plugs, check valve, and fuel injectors. Make sure they're all in the right shape to prevent your catcon from getting damaged before the end of its service life. Replace broken parts if you found any.
- Drive your Cherokee with care.
Unlike your catalytic converter, the humps and bumps on the road won't bend or deform no matter how many times you run over it. Keep in mind that your catcon is not impervious to damage; it's no match against severe physical impacts. So steer clear of bumps and ruts the next time you take your vehicle out for a ride.