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How do you identify a CARB-Compliant Converter?

By Charlie Pantano, Eastern Catalytic  Now that New York and Maine have enacted the same aftermarket catalytic converter legislation as the state of California, other states are expected to follow. As a result, knowing which catalytic converter to install in the customer’s vehicle and making … Continue reading

Look upstream for the culprit in a converter failure

“Posted with permission from Motor Age magazine” By: Charles Pantano, Eastern Catalytic Catalytic converter technology has come a long way in meeting the demands of modern engines to deliver the required emissions efficiency and long-term reliability. Yet, in spite of these advances, converters still fail, … Continue reading

Fuel trim can be a valuable diagnostic tool

By Jack George, Technical Rep. Eastern Catalytic  If you are trying to diagnose drivability issues but don’t have any trouble codes to chase, take a closer look at the vehicle’s “fuel trim”. When analyzed properly, it can be a valuable diagnostic tool, a window to … Continue reading

Pesky PO420 Codes

How to Tame Those Pesky PO420 Codes “Posted with permission from Motor Age magazine” By: Charles Pantano, Eastern Catalytic When it comes to service issues on today’s vehicles, the difficulty in correctly diagnosing and evaluating catalytic converter problems has to be at top of the … Continue reading

California Emissions

How come my car has California emissions, when I don’t live there? By: Charles Pantano, Eastern Catalytic Even if you’re not located in California, you may have California emissions-equipped cars come into your shop. Here are some facts that you need to know when dealing … Continue reading

Proper identification of a California emission system

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before servicing any vehicle’s catalytic converter, you must determine whether the vehicle was manufactured to California or Federal (EPA) specifications. Vehicles manufactured for sale in California could have exhaust systems components that may be different from 49-state vehicles. Vehicles that are not registered … Continue reading

The fuel, engine, and exhaust systems

The Engine Control Module (ECM) monitors sensors in the fuel, engine, and exhaust systems. Each of these system components can effect the performance of the emissions system, and the failure of any of these components can cause damage to the catalytic converter. When converter DTCs … Continue reading

Converter Basics: Installing a new converter

A catalytic converter has three main components: The converter body, which includes the “can,” pipes, and matting used to hold the brick in place. The converter substrate – usually a high performance ceramic “brick,” engineered with thousand of tiny channels through which the exhaust gases … Continue reading

The Misleading Nature of the PO42O Code

By Ken Schafer Jr. © Reproduced with permission from Undercar Digest. For subscription information call 800-274-7890 or visit www.mdpublications.com. Upon the arrival of the Onboard Diagnostics II (OBD-II) system, I remember thinking to myself that this new system was going to be the greatest thing … Continue reading

Why Converters Fail

Most catalytic converters fail due to engine related problems. Replacing the catalytic converter without fixing the cause of the failure may lead to another ruined converter. OBD II trouble code P0420 Code P0420 indicates that the “catalyst system efficiency is below threshold bank 1 or … Continue reading

O2 Sensors: FYI

(Reprinted with permission from Babcox’s Tomorrow’s Technician Magazine — May 2007, http://www.babcox.com) QUESTION: How many oxygen sensors are on today’s engines? ANSWER: It depends on the model year and type of engine. On most four- and straight six-cylinder engines, there is usually a single oxygen … Continue reading

What Is A Troy Ounce?

The troy ounce is the unit of weight traditionally used for precious metals such as platinum. 1 troy ounce = 0.0311 kilograms 32.1507 troy oz = 1 kilogram The troy ounce (troy oz) differs from the more common ounce (oz) used in the U.K. and … Continue reading

A History Of Platinum

Early Occurrences Although the modern history of platinum only begins in the 18th century, platinum has been found in objects dating from 700 BC, in particular the famous Casket of Thebes (see image). This little box is decorated with hieroglyphics in gold, silver and an … Continue reading