13.9. Catholic converter

The catalytic converter is a reliable and simple device which does not need in any service, but there are some facts which the owner has to know for the maximum service life of the catalyst.

Models with petrol engines

Do not use ethylated gasoline in the car equipped with the catalyst as lead will cover precious metals in a catalyst lattice, having reduced efficiency of their transformation and, eventually, will put the catalyst out of action.

Always you keep ignition and fuel system in a full order.

If during the operation of the engine admissions of ignition are observed, do not operate the car before malfunction elimination.

Do not start the engine by a towage method.

Do not switch off ignition at high frequencies of rotation of the engine.

Do not use the car if from an exhaust pipe the trace of blue smoke is visible.

The catalyst used on well adjusted car has to serve from 100 to 150 000 km of a run of the car.

All models

Do not use additives to fuel and engine oil as additives may contain the substances capable to damage the catalyst.

After an engine stop the exhaust system a long time continues to radiate a significant amount of heat therefore it is necessary to avoid the parking of the car on a grass and dry leaves.

Remember that the catalyst is fragile therefore avoid blows at removal of the catalyst or exhaust system.