Catalytic Converter Installation Made Easy

Catalytic converter installation isn’t just for the pros. Yes, it’s a job that requires more know-how and expertise than your average do-it-yourself project, but with a little research and preparation, you too can install a catalytic converter with relative ease. Keep reading to learn more.

What is a Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is a special car part that helps to cut down on your car’s toxic emissions. It’s basically like a special box that takes the toxic combustion from the burning of fuel, and makes it undergo a chemical process, whereupon it leaves the car in a less toxic state. Most cars on the market now already have them, but if you need to replace one or if you’re fixing up an old clunker, then you’ll need to know how to install it.

Tip 1 - Jack it Up

To have a quick and easy catalytic converter installation jack up your car to a level that you can comfortably slide underneath. Once it’s been lifted up off the floor, put jack stands under the car frame to keep it safely supported while you’re under there.

Tip 2 - Use Some Lube

Apply some lubricant to the bolts that hold the old catalytic converter in place. This will help you to loosen the bolts with a wrench. Then, you can remove the heat shield, and gently pull out the old catalytic converter. Sometimes, the converter might feel a little stuck in place; then, use the nail claw side of a regular hammer to help pry it free. Take extra care not to damage any other part of your car’s exhaust system, though; you don’t want suddenly have to replace any other parts while you’re down there!

Tip 3 - How to Install the New Converter

Put the new catalytic converter into place. You might need an extra pair of helping hands to hold it in place while you finish the bolt install. Refasten and tighten all the bolts to hold the converter in place. Reattach the heat shield and again, tighten the bolts to keep it into place.

Tip 4- Avoiding Leaks

While your car is still on the jack stands, start the engine and check to see if everything is working properly. Keep an eye out for leaks in particular, as this will indicate that something went wrong in the installation process; in particular, there’s probably a loose bolt that needs fixing. Get back under the car and make sure that everything is nice and tight before you put the wheels back on the ground and start driving again.