When your car's engine burns fuel, gases which are detrimental to the environment is being produced. Such gases include nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. These emissions, if not handled correctly will go out through your car's exhaust and work to do harm on the environment. This is the very reason why your Daihatsu is equipped with a Daihatsu catalytic converter — an exhaust system component that is designed to transform those gases into less harmful ones. Before 1975, vehicles were not outfitted with a catalytic converter. But after 1975, all cars were equipped with such device.
The catalytic converter plays a very important role in reducing harmful emissions. Mounted in the exhaust line between the exhaust manifold and the muffler, your Daihatsu catalytic converter have pellets inside which help the converter with its purpose to transform exhaust emissions into harmless gases before they leave the tailpipe and exit into the open air. It uses two different types of catalysts: a reduction catalyst and an oxidation catalyst. Both types consist of a ceramic structure that is coated with a metal catalyst, platinum, palladium/rhodium usually.
The first stage of the catalytic converter is the reduction catalyst. It makes use of platinum and rhodium to aid in reducing the NOx emissions. The oxidation catalyst on the other hand, the second stage of the catalytic converter, lessens the unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide by burning them over a platinum and palladium catalyst. Now, like any other component of your Daihatsu, your Daihatsu catalytic converter will eventually fail. One of the many reasons of its futility is age. But the very reason why it fails is that it's being clogged by debris.
An indication that your Daihatsu catalytic converter is clogged is that you don't go any faster when you push the gas pedal down. Another sign of a clogged catalytic converter is a noticeable drop in fuel economy. Remember, a totally clogged catalytic converter will be the reason for your car's engine to die due to increased backpressure. So for you not to experience such dilemma, have your Daihatsu catalytic converter inspected regularly. If a replacement Daihatsu catalytic converter is needed, just visit Parts Train. Parts Train will cater to all your car-part needs.