Caring for your catalytic converter

Catalytic converters are fitted as part of many cars exhaust systems. The job of the catalytic converter is to reduce the emission of pollutants caused by incomplete combustion in the engine by means of a chemical reaction. They commonly contain a catalyst (a material that facilitates a reaction without being used up in the reaction) made of precious metals such as platinum and are therefore quite expensive. Un-burnt fuel passing through the engine into the exhaust can damage the catalytic converter so it’s important to avoid this if possible. Certain fuel additives may cause damage so always consult the manufacturer’s instructions before using them. First off, you should keep your car regularly serviced and don’t ignore ECU warning lights as a poorly running engine can cause damage to the converter....
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To service or not to service that is the question.

So it’s time to have your car serviced again but you are on a budget and therefore looking for ways to keep the cost down, it may be worth trying a local garage rather than the main dealership. However be aware that if your car is under guarantee or warranty having it serviced elsewhere could cause major problems and even void it completely. Another option is simply to prepare your vehicle as thoroughly as you can beforehand. You could use a guide on the internet to find out what the service will entail and find out which parts you’d be able to do yourself such as topping up your anti freeze or changing the oil. Always remember to check the conditions of your warranty before carrying out any work yourself...
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