Catalytic Converter Replacement in Albany, CA
Most catalytic converters last for over 200,000 miles. So catalytic converter replacement used to be a rare event. Unfortunately due to an epidemic of Bay Area catalytic converter theft, we are now replacing catalytic converters on weekly basis.
The most frequent victims of catalytic converter theft are Toyota Prius Gen 2, and (distant second) Honda Element. But we have also heard of other Honda and Toyota vehicles having their catalytic converters stolen.
When thieves take the catalytic converter, they typically damage other components in the process. Sadly, if the thief is proficient, it only takes a couple of minutes for the catalytic converter to be cut out and removed. The replacement of a stolen catalytic converter typically requires repairs along with a new catalytic converter. Due to the stringent California emissions laws, catalytic converter replacement is an expensive affair.
To protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft, we offer installation of a catalytic converter shield which discourages thieves from attacking your vehicle.
Catalytic converters last a long time because they have no moving parts. There are only two conditions that require catalytic converter replacement: catalytic converter failure or catalytic converter theft. If your vehicle has the check engine light “on” – have it diagnosed by a professional – it may be a failed catalytic converter.
Call Adams Autoworx Albany for catalytic converter replacement!
Catalytic Converter Replacement Process
When we undertake catalytic converter replacement, the first piece of information we will need is your vehicle’s VIN number. Due to stringent California regulations, we need the VIN to find the correct and legal catalytic converter for your vehicle.
Once we have the correct catalytic converter in the shop (and any additional parts that need to be replaced due to damage when the converter was stolen) we will proceed with the replacement.
After installation of the new catalytic converter, our technicians will use their state-of-the-art digital diagnostic tools to verify that the installation was successful and emissions are within the correct range. This involved running the engine while the vehicle is stationary, as well as taking if for a road test.
While we are replacing the catalytic converter, we will also perform a complimentary digital vehicle inspection and send you electronic copy of the results. This way you will know exactly the overall condition of your vehicle. All work performed at Adams Autoworx Albany is covered by 3-year / 36,000-mile nationwide warranty.
So if you suspect catalytic converter problems, or hear the roar that is the telltale sign that the catalytic converter was stolen – call Adams Autoworx Albany – we can help.