Jeep Catalytic Converter
Global warming, ozone depletion, climate change, green house emissions have become day-to-day terms now. Environmental issues have never been as heightened as today. The vehicular emissions are held as one of the primary causes of pollution across the globe. Responding to this, majority automobile manufacturers have put in much effort in designing engine systems with low emissions. Few manufacturers designed engines that return the unburned gases from the process of internal combustion back into the engine to be perfectly burned. Some manufacturers focused on creating engine systems that would strictly follow the perfect air-to-fuel ratio of 14.7:1, in order to burn majority of fuel and keep the emissions from the engine very low. A catalytic converter is one device which has helped automobile manufacturers to a great extent to keep the emission levels under check.
When attached to a internal combustion engine system catalytic converter reduces the toxicity of engine's emissions. Catalytic converter is placed in the exhaust pipe of a motor vehicle. A catalytic converter functions by facilitating a chemical reaction wherein toxic combustion by-products are converted to less-toxic substances. It converts carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and NO x into less harmful gases by using a combination of platinum, palladium and rhodium as catalysts.
As we discussed, the catalytic converter simply functions to provide "the catalyst" for reactions to convert harmful emission to less harmful emission, the complete structure of catalytic converter are formed of several components as below:
- The core, or substrate. The core is preferably a ceramic honeycomb, stainless steel foil honeycombs may also be used, honey-comb surface increases the amount of surface area available to support the catalyst, hence is often known as "catalyst support".
- The washcoat. A washcoat often a mixture of silica and alumina when added to the core, forms a rough, irregular surface which provides a greater surface area and makes the converter more efficient. The catalyst is added to the washcoat (in suspension) before being applied to the core.
- The catalyst. A Catalytic converter has two different catalysts at work: a reduction catalyst and an oxidation catalyst. The reduction catalyst is made up of platinum and rhodium while the oxidation catalyst is made up of platinum and palladium.
A catalytic converter is placed as such that vehicle's engine exhausts passes through the catalytic converters before being emitted to the outside environment. The reduction catalyst, helps perform a chemical reaction that separates nitrogen and oxygen. On the other hand oxidation catalyst helps, carbon monoxide split into carbon dioxide and oxygen while hydrocarbons are converted into carbon dioxide and water.
Now comparatively cleaner and less harmful exhausts are released to the open air. Modern catalytic converters also include a control system to relay the exhaust stream condition to the fuel injection system. This helps achieve a better fuel-to-air ratio.
Jeep created a whole new automobile segment with it's launch. They're the first off-roaders or SUVs as we know them. Jeep a Chrysler brand name has evolved with time, the brand name assures you that it's up to date and has modern technologies. Just like it's other parts Jeep catalytic converters, are one of the most ultra-modern and are able to control the harmful emissions produced by the vehicle's engine.
As an off-roader or SUV Jeeps are more prone to damages than the ordinary automobile, hence Jeep catalytic converters may suffer more wreckage than converters in other vehicles. So, if your Jeep catalytic converter gets broke, don't worry, just get them replaced by original Jeep catalytic converters.