Toyota Rav4 Catalytic Converter
How to Protect Your Toyota Rav4 Catalytic Converter from Damage
Dark smoke, poor fuel economy, and foul odor coming from the exhaust system—these are just a few hints that your Toyota Rav4 catalytic converter is out of whack. Your SUV's catalytic converter neutralizes harmful combustion products before it gets into the atmosphere. So to keep the air clean, your catalytic converter must always be in good shape. Here are some pointers you can follow:
- Check your catalytic converter periodically.
It's advisable to inspect your catalytic converter (cat con) periodically to prevent smaller problems from getting worse. Look out for smoke coming from the tailpipe, loud noise from the exhaust system, and diminished fuel mileage. These can be early signs of cat con malfunction. You need to have it checked by an expert immediately or consult a knowledgeable friend to verify if the cat con is the real culprit of these problems. By examining your vehicle's cat con, you are able to save your SUV from further exhaust system damage, and can even extend your cat con's lifespan.
- Clean it with soap and water to remove metallic cruds.
One technique to keep your cat con looking healthy is by cleaning it with detergent soap and water. Just make sure that you dry it thoroughly before putting it back. You may also go for the lacquer thinner approach to remove contaminants such as Zinc and Phosphorous pollutants. Be sure that you completely rinse off the soap inside the cat con; you wouldn't want to add any more damage to it by leaving residue that can affect the active surface of the cat con.
- Apply a cleaner to help reduce excessive emissions.
Lots of aftermarket fuel additives can be used to minimize harmful emissions from your vehicle. These products can, in turn, help in reducing the unburned hydrocarbons that round up in your car's catalytic converter. Keep in mind, though, that you can only use cleaners to prevent further clogging in your cat con caused by contaminants. If the catalytic converter is already damaged from the inside, the best move would be to replace it immediately.