Common Catalytic Converter Problems

There are many issues that can arise when dealing with a catalytic converter. Here are just a few that you can keep your eye out for. 


An issue you may not have thought about when it comes to your catalytic converter is theft. The precious metals used to make the catalytic converters are what catch the eye of others and cause them to be a target. Consider keeping your car parked in a garage or secure area whenever possible to protect yourself from this type of theft.


If your catalytic converter is overheating it is most likely due to excess hydrocarbon in the exhaust system. Overheating is an important issue to keep an eye on because it can be a fire risk, as well as cause damage to surrounding car parts.   

Leaking Fluids

If your car is leaking fluids, such as engine coolant, they can make their way into the combustion system and cause your catalytic converter to become clogged. If you notice that your engine is performing poorly, you may want to look to your catalytic converter to see if it is clogged. 

Smell of Sulfur 

A rather unpleasant problem that can arise from your catalytic converter is the smell of sulfur, also described as rotten eggs. When the catalytic converter becomes clogged the sulfur gasses are not able to be processed properly and can lead to an unpleasant odor. You may need to consider a replacement if you begin to notice this unusual smell.   

Hurricane Automotive

If you have experienced any of these issues, it may be time to replace your catalytic converter. Hurricane Automotive offers quality Direct Fit converters manufactured by top brands. Visit our website to learn more!