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Catalytic Converter theft Austin

Posted on March 13, 2021 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (0)


CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS ARE ON THE
                   RISE

Here's what to do if you become a victim

Departments issued a warning about the increase in
catalytic converter thefts statewide.

 City Detectives were working on more than 100 active cases of catalytic
converter thefts, according to their Facebook post.



Here's some information on catalytic converters and what to do
                  if you become a victim.

   ï‚· Why would thieves target catalytic converters?

Catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium and palladium. The metals
are expensive, and thieves sell the converters to scrap yards for $150 to
$200 per piece depending on the size of the converter and the current rate
on the metals inside it, according to The Spruce.

The rate of catalytic converter theft varies depending on the current prices
of the metals inside it.

The price increase of the metals typically result in an increase in thefts.


               Here's what to do if you become a victim



 Thieves often target
taller vehicles like pickup trucks or SUVs because they can easily fit under
the vehicle to access the catalytic converter, according to The Spruce.



     How do you know if your catalytic converter was stolen?

It's hard to tell if your catalytic converter was stolen just by looking at your
vehicle. However, you'll know when you start the engine.


Your vehicle may make a loud rumbling sound when you turn on the engine
that gets louder when you hit the gas if your catalytic converter is missing.

"The exhaust is not working properly, so the vehicle also drives rougher
than usual, often with a sense of sputtering as you change speed," sources say.


If you suspect your catalytic converter is stolen, go to the back of your
vehicle and look underneath.

"The catalytic converter is a round canister that connects two pieces of
piping in the exhaust. You will see a gaping space in the middle of your
exhaust if the converter is missing, and you will likely see signs of the
piping being cut away."

Toxic fumes will likely be easy to smell without it, too.
           How can you prevent catalytic converter theft?

Thefts are more concentrated on vehicles that are the most elevated,
although some thieves do not hesitate to use a jack to lift cars.

A simple and effective way to protect your catalytic converter is to park
your vehicle in a garage when possible. If you don't have access to a garage,
park in a well-lit area, recommends Gast.

Businesses can also engrave an identification number on a vehicle's
catalytic converter and enter that information into a database that can be
searched by law enforcement and metal recyclers for theft.

While some recyclers are quick to accept engraved parts, Gast believes this
measure really helps minimize the ability of thieves to dispose of their
stolen parts.

Some people also go to local machine shops to have the converter welded to
the vehicle frame or have mechanics weld a screen over it.



   What do you do if your catalytic converter has been stolen?

If you are a victim of this type of theft, immediately notify the police
department so the case can be documented.

If you have your VIN number engraved on the device, give them that
number as well.

The Spruce recommends calling local scrap yards to inform them of the
theft, especially if there is an engraved number on the converter that they
can verify.

You can also give them your phone number so you are notified in case your
converter shows up at a scrap shop.


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The combustion process of gasoline is never perfect and some small amounts of harmful emissions are produced in car engines. Catalytic converters are designed to reduce carbon monoxide which is a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless, hydrocarbons or volatile organic compounds are a major component of smog, and nitrogen oxides which are a contributor to smog and acid rain and also an irritant to people. 

Most cars are equipped to reduce all three of the regulated emissions through three stages.  The first stage uses a reduction catalyst and it uses platinum and rhodium to rip the nitrogen atom out of the NO or NO2 molecule when it contacts the catalyst and holds on to it, freeing the oxygen in the form of O2. The nitrogen atoms bond with other nitrogen atoms that are also stuck to the catalyst, forming N2.

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HEATING SYSTEM

The heating system in your vehicle is designed to keep you warm; the engine cooling system of the vehicle is directly
linked to the heating system. If your heating system is not working properly it is important to have it checked out, because your engine cooling system may not be working properly either and an overheated engine can result in engine damage. There are a few basic components in the heating system; blower motor, heater hoses, heater core, heater control valve, and the HVACs control panel. The cooling system components that interact with the heating system are the coolant, thermostat, radiator, and water pump. 

The heating system works off of the same coolant that circulates throughout your engine. It is circulated from the radiator through a series of hoses and the heater valve into the heater core. A fan then blows the hot air into the compartment. The heater core, which is located in the dashboard of your car, is really a small radiator. The heater fan blows air through the heater core and into the passenger compartment of your car. The heater core draws its hot coolant from the cylinder head and returns it to the pump -- so the heater works regardless of whether the thermostat is open or closed. Like your engines cooling system radiator, the heater core can suffer some of the same issues. If the heater core becomes clogged with rust or sludge, you will no longer have heat. Also leaks can cause a cabin full of white steam and really mess up your windows. If you smell the sweet aroma of coolant when your heater is on, chances are, you have a small leak in the heater core. 

Often times the heater core is buried under the dashboard, and replacing it, is a major job. Many aspects of the heater system can malfunction which require repair. An air cabin filter is used to clean impurities from the air before it enters the ventilation system, when this filter becomes plugged it can slow the airflow in which case the filter needs replacement. An engine coolant leak can develop which hinders the performance of the heater system; these leaks must be repaired before proper heater operation will return. Heater system controls are adjusted by one of two ways, either a manual system is used which is adjusted by the driver, or a climate control computer.

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Why Are Oil Changes Important?

Oil is like the blood of life for your car. It keeps many parts of the engine working properly. It also helps reduce the accumulation of varnish and carbons collecting on the engine. As you might already know, the engine gets extremely hot from thousands of tiny explosions that take place every minute. Oil helps to pull the heat away from the combustion chamber, ultimately preventing the engine from blowing up. As the oil collects heat, varnish and carbons build up and over time it becomes more like sludge and less and less like liquid.

 It doesn’t matter how good the oil is, top brand or not. Over time, the oil degrades as the additives get used. When this starts to happen is when it’s time for an oil change. You might be asking yourself, “How often and what kind of oil do I need?” This all will depend on the year, make and model of the vehicle, what kind of oil is used and how often or far you drive. Your owner’s manual would be a good point of reference. Typically, the suggested oil change time is either every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. The mileage is more important than the amount of months elapsed. It’s very important to keep an eye on your odometer to determine if it’s time for an oil change. If you’re a person who commutes a lot or likes to take mini road trips, it’s safe to say that you’re going to reach the recommended mileage (3,000) way before the 3 month mark. 

 Extreme weather can and will affect your oil as well as towing. Left ignored, like I mentioned earlier, the engine can blow up becoming more costly and time consuming. In some cases, the car all together will have to be replaced. So when you put a price on it, a $30 oil change every 3,000 miles is worth it as opposed to spending thousands of dollars on a new engine or a new car.

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IF YOUR CAR IS DIAGNOSED WITH A BAD FREEZE PLUG HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT.  

What is a Freeze Plug?

A freeze plug or expansion plug is located in the side of an engine block that is supposed to protect the block against damage due to freeze. Frozen water inside the engine block can expand and crack the block which will completely ruin the motor. Freeze plugs will supposedly prevent this by popping out. However it does not work all of the time.

The Problem with Freeze Plugs?

Freeze plugs are made out of very thin metal and they rust. Running a 50/50 mix of antifreeze will help prevent this problem. However, most people don’t do this. The freeze plug rusts from the inside out causing a cooling system leak.

Signs of a Bad Freeze Plug:

Most common symptom of a bad freeze plug is that your car will leak coolant. They are fairly easy to get to and some are more difficult. It just depends on the type of car. Coolant or water will either leak down the side of the engine or between the engine and transmission. 
 

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ERROR CODES ON YOUR CAR TIPS.  

Two Common ERROR CODES for Cars & Trucks
02 sensor = Emissions Issue - An 02 sensor is an oxygen sensor that monitors how much oxygen is in the exhaust stream. The sensor informs the engine computer to adjust the air-to-fuel ratio, thus keeping the catalytic converter running in an efficient manner. 


Cat: catalytic Converter = Emissions Issue - Catalytic Converters came about in the 1975 era and are utilized to reduce the type of emissions cars produce from toxic fumes to 98% non-toxic fumes. (Some vehicles require a dual converter system vs. single and can be costly to repair.

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Spring Cleaning for Vehicle Owners

Time to do some Spring cleaning on your vehicle.  I recommend
detailing your vehicle and cleaning carpets once a Season to make sure
they retain their original color and to remove stains that build up.
If you're like me, you're too busy to deal with shampooing carpets.
Car Washes, Dealerships and Oil Change places offer deals on detail
cleaning.  I look out for deals on Groupon and other money saving
websites to save some bucks.

Don't forget to have your fluids, tire pressure and belts checked for
the warmer weather that is sure to come our way.  Enjoy your first day of Spring!

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Summertime Vehicle Preparation

There are several things you can do to improve the performance and safety of your vehicle.  Spring rain and the summer heat can wreak havoc on a vehicle if you aren't properly prepared.

Windshield Wipers and Fluids:

It's always a good idea to check windshield wipers year round.
Moisture and dust can prevent blades from operating when needed.  Make sure to check for worn rubber on the wiper blades and wash your vehicle regularly to prevent dusty buildup. Also, check the washer fluid reservoir to ensure there is plenty of fluid.  (Bugs, dust and other build up on the windshield can pose a safety hazard as they block your view.)

Oil and Oil Filter:

Check your vehicle manual and ask your mechanic how often you should change your oil and oil filter and what type of oil to use for  your vehicle.  In order for your vehicle to perform optimally based upon your vehicle use, check with your mechanic to find out ways to enhance your vehicle performance. Summertime heat usually means less rain and increased dusts in the air. Keep your filter from clogging by checkingit regularly.

Coolant System:

Have your mechanic check the level, condition and concentration of your coolant fluids to prevent vehicle overheating. Belts, hoses and clamps should also be checked to ensure there is no damage preventing the coolant system from working properly.

Other Important Vehicle Components:

Air and fuel filter
Brake fluid/brake pads and shoes
Power steering fluid
Tires - Check tread and sidewalls for any nicks, nails or unusual wear.
Air condition system
Battery (clean terminals)
These are just some of the things you can do to optimize your vehicles running condition in the summertime. Professional car-care centers will have a checklist that you and your mechanic can use as a guide.

These will help your Austin, Round Rock, car or truck in best running order so that you will not have to call our tow truck and buying service sooner than you need to.  If your car does fail call THE JUNK CAR BUYER FOR PRICES AT 512-789-2177


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