- What is a catalytic converter?
A catalytic converter is a device used to reduce emissions from an internal combustion engine. It was introduced in 1975 to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations on auto exhaust.
The catalytic converter provides an environment where chemical reaction can occur that will change toxic combustion byproducts to less toxic ones.
There are two types of catalytic converters: the three-way which refers to the reduction of nitrogen oxides, oxidation of carbon monoxide and oxidation of unburnt carcinogenic hydrocarbons, and the two-way catalytic converter which has the simultaneous tasks of oxidation of carbon monoxide and oxidation of the hydrocarbons.
Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 6:03 am
Woodbridge residents say they are becoming increasingly alarmed about a flurry of catalytic converters being stolen from parked cars.
Four catalytic converters have been stolen so far this year in Woodbridge and 17 throughout unincorporated San Joaquin County, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Les Garcia.
Monday, August 6, 2012 6:03 am.
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