Imagine the amount of pollution humans would have to put up with if cars were made without catalytic converters. The damage this would cause to the environment would be simply devastating. Fortunately, the catalytic converter was invented to make sure what your car emits through the exhaust system is not harmful to the environment. Porsche models are particularly reliable when it comes to efficient catalytic converters, thanks to the company’s emphasis on eco-friendly manufacturing. But as much as Porsche is a force to reckon with when it comes to cars that never fail to impress, catalytic converters in Porsche models sometimes fail. Fortunately, this hardly ever happens without notice. To be on the safe side, beware of the following issues that affect Porsche models and the signs that precede each problem.
Reduced Engine Performance
The catalytic converter is part of your car’s exhaust system. In fact, it is built into the exhaust system. This means a slight glitch in the converter will directly affect the exhaust system as well as the engine. The most culpable culprit here is in most cases, a clogged converter. Once clogged, the converter will restrict exhaust flow. A cracked one will leak and cause further damage to the exhaust systems and the components that support it. Ignoring this problem will result in reduction in power and acceleration. It will also negatively affect how your Porsche consumes fuel.
This mostly happens where a catalytic converter becomes old. It can also happen once your car’s catalytic converter fails or gets damaged internally as a result of exposure to excessively rich fuel mixtures. The metal catalyst coated honeycomb will simply mesh on the inside part of the catalytic converter and force it to either collapse or break apart. This will cause a rattle. With time, the rattle will become more obvious and pronounced especially when starting the car.
This is a no brainer. Take your vehicle for inspection anytime you notice thick black smoke coming out of the exhaust. This is usually a sign that the catalytic converter has malfunctioned. It could also be a sign that you put too much oil in the engine. The thick smoke may or may not be greasy. Either way, have the catalytic converter inspected or even replaced.
Point To Note
Always let the engine light on the dashboard lead you. This is extremely vital especially if you drive a modern Porsche model. The models are designed with advanced oxygen and air fuel ratio sensors which measure the efficiency of the catalytic converter by simply monitoring gas levels in the exhaust. The system will set off the check engine light once the system detects that there is a problem with the catalytic converter or it is not catalyzing exhaust fumes as it should. Remember that there are so many other problems that can activate the engine light. That is why taking your car for regular inspection is never a bad idea. Your mechanic will note other underlying problems and fix them before they worsen. This will not just save you money. It will guarantee your safety and that of your passengers as you drive.