Tag: catalytic converter

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0138 Code: O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

Is your vehicle triggering a P0138 trouble code on your OBD-II scanner? If so, read on to find out what this code means, what the symptoms and possible causes are,...Read more

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Can You Drive Without a Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is tougher than most parts found in your car. That’s because it needs that toughness to withstand high operating temperatures. But it can still break down or...Read more

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How Long Does a Catalytic Converter Last?

A catalytic converter is an emissions control device located in your car’s exhaust system. You probably know that much already. But what you might not know is—just how long is...Read more

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10 Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

It might be hard to find a silver lining in the situation our world is facing today, but here’s some good news: since social distancing and stay-at-home orders have been...Read more

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What are the Best Catalytic Converters?

A lot of people doubt the importance of replacing a bad catalytic converter. Many car owners are also not that eager to replace their faulty catalytic converters because replacement could...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0141 Code: Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

There are around 11,000 different trouble codes in the most recent OBD-II index. So what makes the P0141 code stand out from the rest? This article will cover the details,...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0174 Code: System Too Lean (Cylinder Bank 2)

While the P0174 OBD-II trouble code is not manufacturer-specific and is considered a generic powertrain code, it can be more common in certain car makes than others. More specifically, a...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0420 Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)

There are many issues that could trigger the Check Engine Light to illuminate. However, if you use an OBD-II scanner and get a P0420 code, you may be having issues...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0430 Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 2)

Your vehicle starts belching smoke. The engine might stall, lose power, and idles roughly. Finally, the Check Engine Light switches on. When you plug the OBD-II scanner into the connector,...Read more

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How to Tell If the Catalytic Converter is Clogged

More than 90% of cars today are powered by internal combustion engines (ICE)—and until electric vehicles completely take over, this type of engine is likely here to stay. However, it...Read more

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How to Pass an Emissions Test: 7 Tips That May Help

Note: Please check your local and state laws regarding exemptions and coverage of car emissions testing in your area. Emission testing, or smog check, ensures your car meets the emission...Read more

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Bad Catalytic Converter Symptoms: Signs to Watch Out For

When I was 20 years old, I owned a Pontiac Trans Am. Of course, it was bright red because, at that age, I wanted something flashy. The car also had...Read more

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Fact or Fiction: Can Catalytic Converters Catch Fire?

In 2018, approximately 90,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest near the Yosemite were burned to the ground. The Ferguson fire burned for over a month before it was fully...Read more

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Reduced Engine Power Mode: What Does it Really Mean?

Is your Chevy or other General Motors (GM) vehicle displaying “Engine Power Reduced” on the instrument cluster? Maybe the check engine light is on as well? Don’t panic and trade-in...Read more

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How to Unblock a Catalytic Converter

There may be something wrong with your catalytic converter when your car starts to feel sluggish and your gas mileage becomes poor. Catalytic converters don’t just wear out on their...Read more

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Understanding Your Car

In this section, we will help you understand how your car works. We assume that you know nothing about how a car works and provide clear, understandable explanations of the...Read more

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Emission Control Systems

The need to control the emissions from automobiles gave rise to the computerization of the automobile. Hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen are created during the combustion process and...Read more