Catalytic Converter Replacement in Your AudiPosted on: November 11, 2018
All vehicles encounter wear and tear over time, which is simply a normal part of vehicle aging. In order to combat the effects of aging and wear in your own car, it’s essential to be able to recognize signs of failure of various parts and components and follow up with diagnosis and treatment right away. Ideally, we would stay on top of routine maintenance and that would keep such performance issues at bay. However, certain vehicles are known to experience issues sooner than others, and encounter specific problems more frequently than others, which can make things a little more complicated. For instance, in Audi vehicles, it is not unheard of to experience catalytic converter problems earlier than many other brands.
Catalytic converters are part of the exhaust system, which functions to reduce the harmful byproducts that, without a catalytic converter, most vehicles produce and release into the atmosphere. Catalytic converters are susceptible to damage, clogging, and other issues that you should be aware of in your own Audi. In this article, we’ll talk about the importance of the catalytic converter and how to know when it may need to be serviced or replaced.
Concerning symptoms to be aware of
Ensuring your Audi receives the care it deserves begins with your own awareness of how it’s performing on a daily basis. As we said before, detecting catalytic converter failure can be a little tricky, as signs of failure often mirror those of other performance problems. Therefore, your first order of business is to bring your Audi to a specialist for an accurate, thorough, and efficient differential diagnosis procedure. Here are some of the signs of catalytic converter failure you should notice if you encounter problems:
General performance-related nosedives
A catalytic converter that is clogged or damaged will exhibit specific signs of performance-related problems that you’ll certainly become aware of rather quickly. Here are just a few:
- Failed emissions testing – usually in older Audi models
- Reduction in fuel economy
- Smoke or off-putting chemical-like smells coming from the exhaust
This is a serious problem for Audi drivers; we come to rely on these expertly-engineered machines for their promise of exquisite performance standards, and when your Audi can’t keep up with the little compact car next to you, it’s not just frustrating but concerning.
Ignition and combustion problems
Misfiring and starting issues are also common of a damaged or clogged catalytic converter – also highly concerning when you come to rely on your Audi’s performance delivery.
What you can do to prevent catalytic converter failure
Catalytic converter failure can be due to a number of different issues; it’s important to know what these conditions are and when to replace it or provide it with maintenance services so that you don’t have to encounter troublesome symptoms first. Usually catalytic converters encounter issues over time with average wear as your Audi accumulates mileage. Here are a few tips on how to keep your catalytic converter in good health for years to come:
- Perform frequent inspections
- Stay on top of routine maintenance – follow your Audi’s scheduled maintenance plan found in your owner’s manual
- Inspect valves, seals, and spark plugs regularly
- Use high quality replacement parts
- Follow up on symptoms immediately – don’t wait to have the problem diagnosed and treated, as it can cause significant damage and stress to your engine and other components
- Hire an Audi specialist to handle all matters related to automotive care and maintenance
The Audi experts here at European Auto Service Center make automotive care simple, streamlined, and easy. If you have trouble sticking to a care routine for your Audi, we can help you get back on track with just a single phone call. With three convenient locations in Florida, including: Aventura/Miami, Boca Raton East and Boca Raton West locations, we are pretty easy to get to. Your Audi’s catalytic converter is important for your car’s performance and functioning as well as reducing its impact on the environment; that means that it’s important to stay on top of routine maintenance procedures that will promote it’s health for the life of your car. To learn more about our automotive specialty working with Audi vehicles or to schedule an inspection of your catalytic converter, please contact one of our specialists directly.
* Blue Audi TT image credit goes to: johannes86.