A catalytic converter is the part of an exhaust system that filters out harmful engine emissions. When the catalytic converter works correctly, people don't notice its presence, but when it fails to work as required, it makes itself known with signs like poor engine performance, a noxious smell resembling that of rotten eggs and the flashing of the Check Engine light.
Can I Drive with a Problematic/Bad Catalytic Converter?
Driving with a bad catalytic converter is technically possible, but it's inadvisable. If you’re considering driving with a bad catalytic converter, just be aware that you shouldn’t keep driving for long. If you notice the symptoms of a clogged catalytic converter, such as sluggish, reduced acceleration, dark exhaust smoke, or excessive heat from under the vehicle, you should replace your catalytic converter quickly, as these symptoms could lead to complete engine failure.
What is the Lifespan of a Catalytic Converter?
Catalytic converters require no maintenance and can last for 10 years or even more. However, a catalytic converter needs to be replaced if it’s contaminated, clogged, or physically damaged, in addition to when such a change is recommended by your service technician.
If you notice any of the signs of a faulty catalytic converter mentioned above, don’t panic! Visit our repair shop to diagnose your car’s exhaust system. Our expert mechanics will identify the problem and suggest solutions to keep your car running properly.