What are catalytic converters? How to protect yours from theft.

Loud noises in the car are never a good sign and are particularly annoying when the cause of the noise is the lack of a catalytic converter.

Catalytic converters are regularly targeted auto parts that are sometimes stolen right out of driveways. Theft can cost car owners headaches and up to thousands of dollars.

Detectives in August 2022 identified a man who ran a $22 million catalyst trafficking operation based in Oregon and spanning six states. A jury charged a dozen people with racketeering, grand larceny and money laundering, among other charges.

What are catalytic converters and why are they stolen so often?

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Stolen catalytic converters recovered by detectives in a storage unit in Phoenix.

What are catalysts?

With catalytic converters, your car filters out harmful engine exhaust gases. This exhaust system converts pollutants (hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides) into compounds that already make up our atmosphere (nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and water).

Well-designed catalytic converters can reduce hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions by around 90% and diesel particulate emissions by 25-35%. These converters use metallic catalysts to drive reactions at lower temperatures than would normally be required.

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