How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

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No car is immune to theft. If thieves can’t steal the whole car, then they will snatch some component of it, such as the catalytic converter. In fact, catalytic converter theft is on the rise. Learn why thieves target this part and how you can minimize the threat to this expensive component.

What Is the Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is a part of the exhaust system and attached to the exhaust pipe under the car. The converter removes harmful compounds from the exhaust gas before expelling the fumes into the air. This is a critical component for reducing emissions. This is the part an auto service technician examines during an emissions check.

Why Thieves Target the Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is made of different metals, including platinum, rhodium, and palladium. They can be sold to scrap metal yards for up to $200 per piece.

Thieves can easily steal the catalytic converter using basic tools like a saw and wrench.

Symptoms of a Loss Catalytic Converter

Without the catalytic converter, the car will make an unusually loud roaring sound when you apply pressure on the gas pedal. You will also hear sputtering as you change speeds. The handling may also feel rougher than usual. If the converter is gone, you will also notice a gaping hole in the exhaust system.

Minimizing the Possibility of Catalytic Converter Theft

Park indoors whenever possible, or park in well-lit areas if you must park outside. Another solution is to have a mechanic weld the catalytic converter to the car’s frame. This makes the part harder to saw off.

Bring Your Car to Us After a Catalytic Converter Theft

We repair and replace catalytic converters for all car types, including diesel vehicles and classic cars. Bring your car to Bothell Way Garage for a checkup. Catalytic converter theft is a serious issue and one not to be taken lightly.

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