If Your Catalytic Converter Has Been Stolen..
Since the catalytic converter funnels all exhaust gas through the rest of your exhaust system, having it stolen can severely affect your car’s daily driving ability. First of all, with a missing catalytic converter your mufflers are unable to streamline any noise, basically making your car a “straight pipe” which can be extremely loud. Even worse, since your catalytic converter is closer to the engine bay, exhaust gases, noise, and extreme heat will exit right below your car. That can potentially damage fragile parts such as melting fuses or cables. Future Auto Service recommends visiting a repair service as soon as possible if your car has been subject to catalytic converter theft.
What Makes Certain Cars Targets for Catalytic Converter Theft
Do thieves just go to any old car to steal its catalytic converter? Well, a catalytic converter lasts just about 10 years, so thieves usually target newer vehicles. But there are also other factors coming into play. For example, consider the fuel economy of the car. The Toyota Prius has been a well known target because just like any other plug-in hybrid, they tend to use their engine less often, causing the precious metals in the catalytic converter to last longer. On the other hand, imagine a Ford F-150. Due to its larger engine and higher emissions, it carries a bigger catalytic converter compared to other cars, with a higher quantity of precious metals. In addition, the ride height of the car makes it incredibly easy for thieves to access and remove what they are looking for.
How Can I Protect My Car’s Catalytic Converter?
If your car’s catalytic converter has been stolen or you are afraid of your car becoming targeted, there are several ways to stay protected. First, keeping your car inside the garage overnight and avoiding street parking in unknown neighborhoods will take your car off thieves' radar. But since that is not always an option, Future Auto Service in Burbank recommends installing a cat-shield. This metal cover will secure your catalytic converter from underneath. That way, thieves will be unable to physically remove the part from your car, keeping you, your car and your wallet happy. If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and are considering a cat shield installment for your car, no matter what make or model, our experienced service professionals got you covered! Click here to set up an appointment today!