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WHAT IS A CATALYTIC CONVERTER?
A CATALYTIC CONVERTER IS A DEVICE ON THE VEHICLE THAT CONTROLS
EMISSIONS THAT TURNS TOXIC GASSES, AND POLLUTANTS IN EXHAUST GAS
TO LESS TOXIC POLLUTANTS. CATALYTIC CONVERTERS ARE USED WITH
INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES FUELED BY GASOLINE OR DIESEL ALSO
INCLUDING LEAN-BURN ENGINES. THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER OFTEN LAST FOR
A VERY LONG TIME (10 YEARS) BUT CAN BE DAMAGED BY CONTAMINANTS, CLOGS OR
OVERHEATING. CONTAMINANTS CAN BE SOURCED TO LEADED GAS, WHICH CAN POTENTIALLY
DESTROY THE CATALYST.
A CLOGGED CAT CAN MAKE THE CAR RUN VERY SLUGGISH AND NOT GO OVER A CERTAIN SPEED AS DIFFERENT FROM A BAD TRANSMISSION. BUT WE BUY THEM NO MATTER WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM AT JUNK CAR BUYER AUSTIN 512-7489-2177
What does “four cylinder” mean anyway?
When you talk about cars, “cylinders” comes up often. Four-cylinder usually comes up with smaller
cars and is thought to be economical but not exactly powerful. Eight-cylinder comes up around men’s wagging
tails and is usually associated with power and speed. But what exactly is a cylinder and what does
it do for the car?
Long story short, a combustion engine
works by pushing gas into a chamber - you guessed it- the cylinder, mixing it
with air and then blowing it up. Now
don’t panic, the car is not going to blow up. These explosions are tiny and expertly timed
(that’s another article) to make the engine work. This process repeats over and over as the
cylinders move up and down. The process can be broken down into four
Intake: Inside the cylinder is a piston. The piston strokes down on a rack that moves
kind of like a bicycle pedal. The
downward movement draws the air and fuel into the cylinder. At the bottom of the stroke, the valve
closes, holding the air and fuel inside.
Compression: The piston then strokes up in the cylinder
and compresses the mixture according to the compression ratio of the
engine. Ratios range from 8:1 to 10:0
for the most part, meaning the mix is getting squashed to a tenth of it’s
original volume. Ratio varies, but the
point is it's getting tight in there.
Power: The fun part.
At the top of the cylinder there’s a spark plug which does just that:
sparks. The spark ignites the gas and
the explosion makes the compressed mixture get lots bigger. The expansion of the vapor creates enough
force when it pushes the piston down the cylinder that it turns the crank shaft
to move the car.
Exhaust: The clean-up.
If you behaved like I did as a child, you know blowing things up makes a
bit of a mess. Vapor is no
different. Your cylinder is now full of
burned gas, aka exhaust. When the piston
is at the bottom of the cylinder, the exhaust valve opens letting the exhaust
out to the exhaust system. This is super
pressurized and loud as it rushes out, sort of like the
car version of a loud fart, warranting the muffler on the exhaust system. As the piston moves up the cylinder, it
chases out the remaining exhaust in preparation to start the whole thing over
This happens in each cylinder, each
at a different time. This is the firing
order. Firing order and timing are a
whole other topic, but the Reader’s Digest version is:Each cylinder will have
fired once to turn the crank shaft two times.
So more cylinders, more “pushes” per turn. Not faster, but more oomph. This is what burns your gas, so fewer
cylinders may mean better fuel economy, dependent on factors such as
weight. Obviously, it takes more power
to push an older car made of heavy steel than a car made of newer, lighter
Your exhaust produces harmful emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides that are damaging to the atmosphere if released into the air.
A catalytic converter substantially reduces the amount of harmful pollutants by taking these gases and converting them into water vapor and less harmful gases via a series of chemical reactions. All gas cars manufactured since the early 1990’s requires having a catalytic converter fitted to the exhaust.
The catalytic converter includes a core of ceramics spotted with pores that measure less than 1mm. The pores are coated with powdered catalysts that contain metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. Because the pores are close to the engine they heat up and the chemical structure of the exhaust gases passing though it changes so that harmful gases that cause smog are removed and converted into nitrogen and oxygen. Converters are so efficient that the difference in emission readings for cars with converters and those without are considerable. The good news is that catalytic converters are expected to have a good life, but still need to be checked periodically for internal and external damage.
Catalytic converter issues can lead to increased exhaust emissions and a decrease in engine performance. Most issues stem from temperature changes in the exhaust system. Excessive unburnt fuel in the exhaust can cause the catalyst to reach extremely high temperatures which can cause damage to the fine catalyst material. (An engine that is performing at peak efficiency will burn all the fuel in the combustion chamber during the combustion process. An engine that is not performing properly, that is not burning all the fuel, will allow unburned or excess fuel to enter the exhaust system. When this excess or unburned fuel contacts the hot core of the converter it will ignite.) As a result, the catalytic converter becomes less effective, less chemical conversions take place and the exhaust output contains more harmful gases.
Similarly, rapid cooling of the catalytic converter, such as by being submerged in water, can cause the internal honeycomb structure to break apart and obstruct the exit to the exhaust pipe. If the catalytic converter becomes plugged, engine efficiency will decrease noticeably.
There are ways to keep your CAT Clean, remember that having a CAT on your car is a necessity and is a violation of the Clean Air Act not to have one, even off roading.
Keep your CAT clean and your environment beautiful!
Struts are the main component of a modern independent
suspension system; they are what suspend the body and frame of your vehicle
above the wheels. All the weight of your vehicle rests on your struts, which
transfer the weight, via several other components. Struts need to be replaced
if any of the three components wear out. Struts are not often thought of as a
normal replacement item. Since struts are in continual use as you drive,
bearing the whole weight of your vehicle, it should not be surprising that
their components wear out over time. Struts have at least two components: a
spring and a shock absorber – and many have a third: the swivel mount. strut
failure is usually very gradual you may never notice it at all. But certainly
if you are experiencing any of the symptoms your struts are due for
Failed mounts are the easiest to recognize of the three because
they usually make the most noise. Failed mounts often cause a popping or
clicking noise while you’re turning the steering wheel, because the bearing
inside is bad. Especially if you can put the vehicle in park and the noise
remains while turning the wheel, strut mounts are your number one suspect.
Failed shock absorbers can be harder to notice. With oil-filled struts, external leaks
are easy to spot, especially if the leak is rapid. But if it is a very slow leak,
it may never be noticed, and with gas-filled struts, external leaks are not
identifiable at all. But usually struts don’t fail completely, and usually not
all at once. Shock absorber wear creeps up as the internal seals lose their
sealing capacity slowly. You won’t notice the difference from one day to the
next, but there is probably a minute daily decline in the performance of your
shock absorbers as they age. If the failure progresses to a severe stage,
drivers may notice several kinds of problems: too much “trampoline effect”,
tire noise and vibration from cupping caused by excessive up/down movement,
excessively harsh riding over bumps, or noise on every bump from too much
suspension travel. If you car is experiencing these problems, you’ve really gone
New shocks and struts can make you stop up
to 10 feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability
and better driver control
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.
WHAT ARE WHEEL BEARINGS?
Wheel bearings are an important part
of a vehicle's suspension system. They make sure that the wheels move smoothly
and support the thrust load. It also helps lessen friction between the wheel
and axle. If you notice steering issues, or hear grinding or creaking sounds or
weird vibrations while driving, you need to have the suspension checked. If you
do a lot of traveling, these components will get worn out sooner than most. If
bad bearings go ignored, the safety of those in the car is severely compromised.
Accidents can be avoided if immediate care is taken. Wheels can come off in
some instances or there can be a complete lack of control of the steering
wheel. Proper maintenance is imperative to ensure the safety of those in the
car as well as others on the road.
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Getting your car inspected yearly might seem like a hassle or inconvenient but the program is designed to keep you and others around you safe. Most cars will start experiencing small problems. If ignored for too long, these problems can all of a sudden cause the car to fail in disastrous ways. By getting your car inspected yearly, you can prevent these problems and keep your car safe. Otherwise, what would start off as a minor problem, can become expensive and even dangerous.
Another benefit to having your car inspected annually is that it helps the environment. In the state of Texas cars undergo an emissions test. This is designed to monitor the amount of pollution that gets released into the air from the exhaust. If it doesn’t pass this part of testing, you would have to figure out what the cause is and get it fixed. Let’s face it, we all like breathing clean air. Cutting down on pollution can also help prevent major health issues in the future. Cars release carbon monoxide into the air which can cause major respiratory issues such as asthma and other environmental issues as well. That’s why emissions testing is important to keep our world as clean as possible for the future.
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Our trucks are the top of the fleet and well maintained with all licensing and registration needed to tow your vehicle out of a ditch or 50 miles from Georgetown, Texas. We have the required taxes paid to save your vehicle from what we call "tow prison" the dreaded tow yard that the authorities magically decided to take your auto after and accident.
We can meet you at the front door, pay you in cash, and release the car to us and your on your way and the tow charges are stopped once you pay them and you have sold your car and you keep the money as profit, not the tow yard that will auction your property to the highest bidder.
We do not think that is fair and just and that is why we tow any car from the tow yard. We pay you so you can pay off the storage and tow fees with your little nest egg we give you. In certain circumstances your car may fit into our licensed salvage buyers realm of needing to write you a professional company check for your car. If so, meet the driver, pay off your tow bill and keep the check with your profit margin.