Why It’s Important to Attend to Your Audi’s Catalytic Converter
The right time to replace any part in any vehicle is always subjective. While it’s important to adhere to your Audi’s manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule, it’s not always the most accurate replacement interval for your catalytic converter. Here’s why: individual driving habits, common driving conditions, and even the environmental conditions where you live all play a role in when it is most appropriate to
Why is your Audi’s catalytic converter important to replace?
Your vehicle’s catalytic converter has a critical function in your car’s performance. Located beneath your vehicle, the converter is exposed to the imperfections of the road below, which means that you may need to replace it if it becomes damaged. Furthermore, it can also become clogged if the intake and emissions processes aren’t working properly. The catalytic converter’s basic function is to change the quality of the air flowing out of your engine before it enters the atmosphere. This is a basic requirement for all vehicles produced after 1975 as a way of monitoring the damage that exhaust emissions can inflict on the air we breathe. Replacing a damaged, malfunctioning, or failed catalytic converter is important for your car’s functioning, as well as for passing emissions tests, and simply doing your part as a car owner and member of society.
Warning signs of catalytic converter issues
If your catalytic converter becomes clogged, damaged, or fails all together, it will likely produce specific warning signs that you should be aware of. Usually the symptoms of converter failure are most evident in exhaust and emissions processes. Here are some concerning signs to look out for:
A misfiring engine
Though catalytic converter issues don’t necessarily cause misfiring, it is a common sign leading up to an overheated converter that should be addressed quickly.
Lowered emissions quality
Though you may not be able to detect the harmful gasses your car is releasing, a failed emissions test will certainly prove that your catalytic converter needs servicing.
Dips in performance
Audi vehicles are some of the most consistent performers in the auto industry. Therefore, if you notice any concerning changes in your car’s power delivery – especially upon acceleration, it could be related to a failing catalytic converter.
Gas mileage decreases
Fuel economy is one of the perks of Audi cars, as they’re both luxurious and efficient. Since the air flow in and out of your car’s engine and exhaust is directly affected by a failing catalytic converter, it often leads to difficulty maintaining optimal gas mileage.
Odd rattling noises
If your catalytic converter isn’t properly bolted on to the bottom surface of your vehicle, or any of the exhaust components surrounding it becomes compromised, it might cause the part to rattle, shake, or vibrate beneath you – especially when going over bumps.
The most common warning light associated with a failing catalytic converter is the “check-engine” light. The check-engine light is a catch-all warning sign for drivers, so it’s important to isolate the converter as the source of the issue with an Audi specialist.
Steps you can take to avoid replacing the converter
The best way to keep your catalytic converter in proper condition is with preventive maintenance. Here are a few tips for Audi drivers to keep their converter working properly:
• Drive slowly over speed bumps, and look out for potholes and divots that could damage the converter externally
• If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms in your Audi, bring it in for diagnosis and treatment right away
• Stay on top of routine maintenance tasks involving the air intake and exhaust system especially
• Have the converter and related parts routinely inspected
Here at Cerrone’s European, we value your Audi just as much as you do, and it’s our mission to keep it in perfect running condition for the foreseeable future. Though catalytic converters generally don’t require replacing for the life of the vehicle, proper maintenance is key in order to avoid issues. Specializing in Audi vehicles, we serve clients from all over the areas of Redwood City, Palo Alto, Atherton, and San Carlos, CA. To schedule an appointment for an inspection or to learn more about our qualifications working with Audi vehicles, please call one of our helpful specialists today.
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