If your catalytic converter is stolen or needs replacing, call the car repair technicians at Tracy’s Automotive for help.
As if there’s not enough bad news out there, police in Wichita, like others across the country, are warning that thieves are targeting catalytic converters. A catalytic converter is the part of your car’s exhaust system that’s responsible for cleaning pollutants out of the exhaust before it’s released into the atmosphere.
They’re being targeted because of the precious metals used to construct them. According to allstate.com, thieves can resell catalytic converters to recyclers for “as little as $50 or to precious metal dealers for as much as thousands of dollars per ounce.”
Allstate.com adds, “You may not be able to tell your catalytic converter was stolen by looking at your car, but you’ll know as soon as you start the engine. When the catalytic converter has been removed, your vehicle will make a loud roaring sound that’ll get louder as you push the gas pedal.
“Your car might also make a sputtering sound as you change speed, or you’ll notice it’s not driving smoothly.
“An increase in the exhaust — or the exhaust smells — can be a definite sign of a stolen catalytic converter.
“In summary, here are the key symptoms that your catalytic converter has been removed.
- “Loud roar when you start the car, louder as you accelerate
- “Increase in exhaust fumes, or unusual exhaust smells
- “Missing parts under vehicle leading to muffler
- “Uneven or sputtering acceleration due to lack of exhaust regulation
- “Check engine light or inspection failures.”
If you are so unfortunate as to be the victim of catalytic converter theft, it’s time to call the Wichita auto repair specialists at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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