A catalytic converter is a very basic component but serves a crucially-important purpose in your Audi. The converter is found between the engine and the muffler and has a huge impact in relation to its small size. It is one of the last lines of defense when it comes to the air pollution created by automobiles. The catalytic converter utilizes various precious metals known as catalysts and ceramic coated beads to transform toxic pollutants into harmless gases. These pollutants include unburned gas and nitrogen oxygen.
While the Audi line is known for their stellar engineering, innovative technology, and commitment to excellence, they can fall victim to issues with this component. Catalytic converter problems can lead to poor engine performance and even complete engine failure over a period of time.
Possible Catalytic Converter Issues in Your Audi
The normal lifespan for a catalytic converter is approximately 10 years. However, there are determining factors that lead to premature malfunction or excessive wear and tear. A catalytic converter can become contaminated, clogged, physically damaged, or overheated. These scenarios can be detrimental to the performance and overall function of your engine.
Catalytic converters can overheat when a misfiring spark plug or leaking valve leads to large amounts of unburned gas. Overheating may also be the result of a faulty or malfunctioning oxygen sensor. Physical damage occurs when the converter is impacted by flying debris from the highway, such as hitting a large obstruction like a speed bump or running over a tall curb.
A clog can develop when fluids like the motor oil or engine coolant leak down into the combustion system. When this a clog develops, the gases from the exhaust system can not adequately pass through. Engines require a specific amount of oxygen to perform properly. So, when the exhaust is restricted, less air is allowed to pass into the motor. This results in faulty or sluggish engine performance.
A somewhat unique problem that may arise with the catalytic converter on your Audi is the possibility of theft. The precious metals or catalysts used in this component are sometimes sought out by individuals who are looking to make money. These metals include rhodium, palladium, and platinum. Any one of these metals will have monetary value to those who deal in them.
Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter
- Sporadic, sluggish, or slow engine performance
- Excessive heat coming from underneath the automobile
- A sulfur or “rotten egg” smell coming from the exhaust system
- Dark, thick smoke coming from the exhaust
- A reduction or sudden loss in acceleration
- Dashboard illumination of the check engine light, although this sensor can be triggered by a number of issues within the vehicle
A few of the above-mentioned symptoms can also be due to other parts of the emissions system that are malfunctioning. This is why it is very important to have your vehicle properly inspected, diagnosed, and repaired by expert mechanics. This will ensure the proper repair work is completed and you will not have wasted time and money fixing components that may be in perfect working order.
Trust the Team at European Motor Cars
European Motor Cars is your trusted, one-stop shop for all services and repairs needed for your Audi. We have been in business for over three decades and our team only uses high-tech automation systems as well as state-of-the-art machinery to service your automobile. We want your visit to be as pleasant as possible so we offer amenities such as a comfortable waiting area, shuttle rides to and from work, and loaner vehicles when needed. Our services encompass those needed for all European makes and models which include Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Range Rover, Volvo, and Volkswagen.
European Motor Cars services the residents in Spring Valley, Summerlin, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Las Vegas, NV. We offer one of the longest warranties in the nation on all parts and labor, 40 months or 40,000 miles. Our various discounts for seniors and veterans along with our convenient financing options make our shop the most affordable dealership alternative in the area. Don’t let your Audi suffer from potentially serious catalytic converter issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment!