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Yearly Archives: 2021

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Catalytic converters are amazing devices that ensure your car does not pollute the environment with toxic exhaust emissions. When the exhaust gas goes through this component, it chemically reacts with metals like platinum to produce harmless gases. In other words, catalytic converters are very important devices that act as a line of defense against harmful emissions from the engine by turning toxic pollutants into harmless compounds. Although most catalytic converters are built to last a lifetime, they can still fail over time. For instance, if unburnt gas coolant or motor oil gets into the catalytic converter, it can damage or even wear out. Below are five common causes that can make a catalytic converter go bad; Bad head gasket Use of leaded fuel Bad fuel injectors or weak ignition system Worn out exhaust valves High mileage Besides these causes, your car's catalytic converter can be stolen because it contains very valuable metals such as rhodium, platinum, and palladium ... read more

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

Normally, starting the car in the morning is a worry-free task. The vehicle's dash lights up with dashing gauges and warning symbols, but after a few minutes, it all simmers down. Sometimes, a few of those lights stay on, indicating something is amiss. A warning light is definitely a telltale sign that a specific part of your car needs attention. One of these warning lights is the TPMS. What is the TPMS? The acronym stands for tire pressure monitoring system. When this warning light is on, it informs you that one or more of your tires has either very little or too much air pressure. It is a system that monitors your vehicle's tire pressure. What are the effects of low or high tire pressure? It is easy to simply ignore a somewhat small issue, isn't it? Well, you shouldn't. There is a host of adverse effects brought about by low or high tire pressure, such as: Increased tire wear Low fuel economy and poor traction Reduced payload and towing capability Increased r ... read more