How to Install the Toyota Catalytic Converter
One of the most expensive parts of your Toyota to fix is the catalytic converter. Catalytic converter installation is undoubtedly labor-intensive work, but many a motorist would rather go the DIY route in putting a new converter in their ride than to have to pay for a mechanic to do it for them. Different steps must be observed in installing front or rear catalytic converters.
What You'll Need
1/8-inch drive impact swivel
1/8 -inch drive ratchet
1/8 -inch drive pneumatic gun
1/8 -inch drive long extension
1/8 -inch drive short extension
1/8 -inch drive impact metric socket set
Acetylene torch with a striker
Nut extraction set
Metric box end/open end combination hand wrench set
Converter(s) and replacement gaskets and hardware
Front Catalytic Converter Installation
Step 1:Put your Toyota on the car lift. Wheel your different tools inside a tool cart for easy access. Set up a socket, a ratchet with a long extension, and a swivel (or a nut extractor) in order to remove the five nuts going to the manifold.
Step 2:Wear safety glasses. Heat up the nuts with your torch, but not the studs. Turn off the torch when the nut is cherry red, the remove it with a nut extractor or a ratchet with extension and swivel.
Step 3: Use the torch to cut two or three bolts. They should be cut from the front converter side in order to avoid incurring damage on the rear converter. Knock the bolt out of the flange while wearing safety gloves with a punch and hammer.
Step 4:Have something catch the converter because it will fall down as soon as it's free. Let the system cool down before installing a new gasket atop the front converter. Thread new nuts there by hand then tighten them with a pneumatic gun plus extension.
Step 5:Attach with its hardware-washers, nuts, and bolts-the gasket to the front converter flange's rear. Tighten the bolts up with a pneumatic gun and a small extension plus swivel, holding the nut heads with a hand wrench.
Rear Catalytic Converter Installation
Step 1:Raise your Toyota via lift. Find the oxygen sensor, follow the wire to the plug, unplug it, and then press the click lock open with a screwdriver. Load up on your tools required for the operation on a handy cart.
Step 2:Wear safety goggles then cut the bolts with your torch from the front flange connection. Cut them from the rear converter side to avoid damaging the front converter. Punch with a hammer after the bolts are cut flush to the flange.
Step 3:Repeat the step with the rear exhaust pipe flange. When the last bolt is punched, then brace yourself because the converter will go down. It's still affixed with a rubber exhaust hanger that you need to take off the hook, though.
Step 4:Remove from the oxygen sensor studs the bolts. You might need extractor nuts if they've deteriorated. Use the new studs and hardware when putting in the new converter (hence you removing the old ones via torch).
Step 5:Replace the gasket with the new converter then tighten with a socket, ratchet, and extension. Work in reverse by replacing what you removed earlier, from the placing back the rubber hanger hook to attaching the rear flange to the rear exhaust pipe et al.
Toyota Catalytic Converter Buyer's Guide
Toyota is one of the automakers that have made many refinements to their respective Toyota engines and fuel systems. The development of Toyota catalytic converter was one device that changed gradually the history of emission in the industry. Though, a catalytic converter could not totally annihilate those toxic emissions, large percentage of these harmful elements could be wiped out. Of course, your Toyota catalytic converter should always be functioning properly. Otherwise, you need this to be examined and if need be, replace it with a new set of replacement Toyota catalytic converter.
What is a Toyota Catalytic Converter?
The Toyota catalytic converter is a main device used to eliminate excess pollutants. When the fuel is burned inside the engine, the process is never completely finished, and some of the fuel escapes into the exhaust. When this exhaust reaches the Toyota catalytic converter, a small amount of platinum within it sets off a chain reaction. Soon the majority of the fuel is removed from the exhaust, though the energy it has produced is largely wasted.
An oxygen sensor is installed after the Toyota catalytic converter, to monitor the efficiency of the process. If there is too much oxygen left in the exhaust, it means that there are too many pollutants, because the combustion process needs oxygen to complete. When the computer detects this problem, it will alert the driver to the failure of the Toyota catalytic converter with a warning light on the dash.
When Should the Toyota Catalytic Converter Be Replaced?
The most common reason for the Toyota catalytic converter to fail is from corrosion. Because of the heat, salt, and other chemicals it encounters, it is more likely than other parts of the exhaust to rust through. When you need a replacement, you will easily find the correct one for your vehicle in our large online catalog. Replacement could be in the form of an aftermarket Toyota catalytic converter or OEM Toyota catalytic converter.
These don't take much with a lot of difference except in costs, so it really wouldn't matter at all which one you would prefer because they usually render the same quality and reliability. Our Toyota catalytic converter meets all of the specifications of the original part, so it will be an easy direct-fit replacement. It is made of superior materials and has a full warranty. You can have your new Toyota catalytic converter installed very soon with our efficient shipping system.