Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Are Honda Civic catalytic converters legal in all states?
Answer: Every state has its own laws on vehicle emissions and legal limits will usually differ. Among all these states, California is recognized as having the strictest emission laws in the country. As a general rule, if the converter is legal in California, then it is legal in every other state in the America. There are catalytic converters that are legal only for the 49 other US states, which can be a practical choice for drivers who have no plans of going to California in their Honda Civics any time soon.
How much do they cost?
Answer: Catalytic converters can be purchased anywhere from $50 all the way up to about $500. Factors affecting prices include the build of the converter, the catalysts used and whether or not the converter is legal in the state of California. Buyers should generally get the sturdiest catalytic converters they can buy so they won't have to worry about it ever again.
How often should catalytic converters be replaced?
Answer: Catalytic convertors will usually last a vehicle's lifetime, which is around 100,000 miles. A lack of moving parts in the converter means that they don't need any regular maintenance. As long they don't get damaged or worn out, they won't usually need to be touched at all.
What are the symptoms of a broken or malfunctioning catalytic converter?
Answer: Since a catalytic converter's main function is to convert toxic fumes to relatively less toxic gases, a noxious odor from the exhaust system can be a good indicator that the converter is malfunctioning. The engine of the Civic will also begin to feel a bit underpowered. If the converter becomes damaged, it may also begin to rattle against the underside of the vehicle when the engine is running. Emission tests may also reveal an increase in toxic fumes released by the vehicle.