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Tips for drivers for cleaning the converter themselves

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This element is subject to wear and tear and gradually fails. It gradually becomes dirty, which affects performance and throughput. Clogging of this thing leads to deterioration in the performance of the entire car, as well as the safety of Iransoprt for the environment.

When it is removed, do not rush to throw away the old part, it can be sold at There are enough willing buyers of old precious metal extraction converters here, so you can sell your old part quite profitably.

How to tell if pollution levels are high

An experienced driver is unlikely to miss the moment when this spare part of the exhaust system ceases to cope with the functions assigned to it. There are a number of signs indicating its contamination:

  • Reduced engine power when the vehicle is moving, slow acceleration;
  • Problems starting the engine; Unstable idle; Spontaneous engine shutdown;
  • Increased fuel consumption; Check to see if the engine light is on. Also, if the neutralizer is heavily contaminated, the driver may notice that the color of the exhaust has changed.

You can check the assembly for contamination using different methods, but the most effective is to remove it and inspect it visually. If there are fragments of resins, combustion products, oil and other waste that interfere with the passage of exhaust gases, you need to eliminate them as much as possible.

How to clean a spare part

Depending on the degree of contamination, you can choose the appropriate method.

Use of chemical agents

In case of severe contamination, special chemicals can be used to clean it. Automotive stores stock specialized products for cleaning and restoration. When using specialized chemicals, you must act strictly according to the instructions. If there is only carburetor fluid, then the algorithm is as follows:

  • You need to prepare a plastic container in which you can place the catalytic part vertically;
  • The block is removed from the car and inspected for damage;
  • If there is no damage, you can start cleaning, otherwise the filter element needs to be replaced;
  • The honeycombs are watered generously with the chosen product, and then the part needs to be wrapped in rags and placed in a prepared container;
  • After 20-30 minutes, you can rinse the honeycombs under hot water pressure;
  • When the part is washed, it needs to be dried and blown with a stream of compressed air;
  • The procedure should be repeated several times.

Cleaning should not be carried out in a home bathroom, as the products contain substances that can corrode the enamel of sinks and bathtubs.

Using sandpaper

If combustion products do not stick too strongly to the filter element, they can be removed with regular sandpaper. It’s very easy to do:

  • Take fine sandpaper. Gently, but not pressing hard on the honeycomb, scrape off the plaque formed on the surface in a circular motion;
  • After cleaning the filter element, it is necessary to blow off any remaining dirt using compressed air.
  • It is important when cleaning with sandpaper not to press too hard so as not to damage the honeycomb.

If possible, contact a service station with specialists who have extensive experience and understand how to safely clean the element. If your spare part cannot be repaired, sell it on the Autocatalyst website and get money to buy a new one.