Replacing a catalytic converter should take no more than 1 to 2 hours. The reason this is such a quick process is typically related to the fact that the mechanic does not have to disassemble any other part of the vehicle to access the converter.
How Long Does It Take To Replace Catalytic Converter?
The catalytic converter is an essential piece of your vehicle because it keeps the harmful gases your car produces to a minimum. The converter is responsible for converting toxic gases into less toxic pollutants.
Like most other car parts, these converters will need to be replaced at some point. Catalytic converters are required in most startes across the country to pass an emissions test. Professional mechanics will take no more than 2 hours to remove and replace a catalytic converter.
How To Replace A Catalytic Converter
Removing and replacing a catalytic converter can be a quick and simple process. Follow these steps:
- Get your car on level ground and raise it to properly access the converter.
- You can use jack stands, if desired.
- Next, locate the converter on the front part of your car.
- The converter is larger than the pipes that are connected to it.
- Use a socket and wrench to remove the converter.
- WD-40 can be applied to loosen the bolts.
- Install your new catalytic converter by following the steps in reverse order.
When replacing the converter, make sure no exhaust gas escapes by burning a candle nearby. If any gas escapes, the fire will go out.
Reasons To Remove And Replace A Catalytic Converter
There are several reasons why a catalytic converter should be removed and replaced. The most common reasons why are that it may be damaged or not functioning as intended.
Here a few reasons why you may need to replace a catalytic converter:
- The converter is old. A typical lifespan is ten years.
- The converter may have been stolen. This theft is more prominent in hybrids and trucks.
- The converter is damaged because excess gas is expelled into the exhaust system.
Always watch out for any louder noises or foul smells coming from the converter area. A lack of acceleration is another sign that a replacement may be a necessity.