Put simply...a catalytic converter is an important device that converts harmful emissions from your engine into less toxic substances.
When functioning properly, catalytic converters are vital in helping maintain air quality standards set forth by the E.P.A.
However, problems can ensue if a vehicle is not properly maintained or regularly inspected. Bad exhaust valves on the engine or fouled plugs creating unburned fuel that overheat the converter are typical malfunctions that can occur.
Fast idling engines or sluggish acceleration are other indicators of trouble. Often these types of issues require that a converter be replaced...but we'll make sure it doesn't simply need a thorough "cleaning" using a methyl alcohol solution.