What Type of Catalytic Converter Do I Have?

With the passage of the United States Clean Air Act in 1970, auto manufacturers were faced with the task of substantially reducing emissions. The catalytic converter played a big role in manufacturers meeting the new standard. Check out how the design has changed over the years with the transition from the two-way design to the modern three-way converters in use today.

The front, coated with the precious metal rhodium, is used to reduce NOx emissions into simple N2 and O2. The second substrate, coated with the precious metals palladium and platinum, allows oxidation of HC and CO to less harmful emissions CO2 and H2O.

The three-way converter without air uses advanced catalyst chemistry to store and release O2, in conjunction with an O2 monitoring and control system. This system utilizes one or more O2 sensors to oscillate the fuel mixture between lean and rich conditions. This oscillation, combined with the O2 storage and release on the catalyst surface, allows for optimum reduction of all three emissions.

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What vehicles have the most valuable catalytic converters?

Which Catalytic Converters Are The Most Expensive? According to data from 2020, the most expensive catalytic converter belonged to the Ferrari F430, with a mind-popping $3,770.00 price tag. Moreover, the F430 needed two of them, so a full replacement would run car owners $7,540 before labor costs.

What different types of catalytic converters are there?

Converter types. “Direct-fit” catalytic converters are of three basic types: two-way, three-way and three-way plus oxidation converters. Two-way “oxidation” converters are used up to 1980 and are designed to eliminate hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO).

– Shell/Cover The shell or cover of the cat is the first thing we look at to determine what makes the cat is from. Some things we are looking at include the shape, the size, and the cutouts of the catalytic converter so we can see inside.

Aftermarket Cats These are 3rd party parts that are usually a cheaper option when repairing vehicles. A general rule is any diesel cat from 2008 and older is on the lower price scale due to a lack of precious metals inside.

These are easily identified by the numbers stamped on the shells and also they are much bigger than any gasoline cat. When you bring your catalytic converters into Rockaway Recycling, it helps us price them easier when you know the year, make and model from the vehicle it is off of. If you arent sure we can help you with a price quote by contacting us with pictures.

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Our team is here to help you continue to learn the most about catalytic converters and scrapping them. In this installment, we look at multiple manufacturers catalytic converters and what characteristics to look for to identify if they are OEM.

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You understand that Rockaway Recycling Cats will not accept possession of any catalytic converter where the sellers legal ownership cannot be verified.

Catalytic converters are notorious for one thing and one thing only: theyre very expensive to replace. In fact, the catalytic converter is the single most expensive part of most vehicles. So, just how expensive are they, you ask? Heres a quick overview of which cars have the most costly catalytic converters.

According to data from 2020, the most expensive catalytic converter belonged to the Ferrari F430, with a mind-popping $3,770.00 price tag. The car with the second (or third) priciest catalytic converter is not as exotic as Lamborghini or Ferrari but boasts a very well-respected vehicle line.

The fourth most-expensive, the Ford F-250 , will run drivers $2,804, representing a significant price drop from the top three. The average catalytic converter ranges between $800 and $1,200, depending on the vehicles make and model. Other exhaust parts and labor charges can add to the total cost of repair if you have a busted converter.

IN THE BEGINNING…

With the passage of the United States Clean Air Act in 1970, auto manufacturers were faced with the task of substantially reducing emissions. The catalytic converter played a big role in manufacturers meeting the new standard. Check out how the design has changed over the years with the transition from the two-way design to the modern three-way converters in use today.

Three-Way Plus Air Catalytic Converters

In this design, exhaust gases are directed to flow through the substrate, containing precious metals platinum and palladium, which allow the chemical reaction to occur. The exhaust gases increase in temperature as the conversion process takes place.Two-way converters operate relatively efficiently with a lean fuel mixture. Ineffectiveness in controlling NOx (nitrogen oxides) led to the introduction of three-way converters.

Recycling Your Scrap Catalytic Converters

Let’s talk about some catalytic converters. When you bring your cats down to the yard here is how we determine how to grade them.

View Current Catalytic Converter Prices

When you bring your catalytic converters into Rockaway Recycling, it helps us price them easier when you know the year, make and model from the vehicle it is off of. If you aren’t sure we can help you with a price quote by contacting us with pictures. We look forward to seeing you in our yard and helping you recycle your scrap metal.