posted on Oct, 20 2009 @ 05:41 PM
Originally posted by Maddogkull
Nah it found out it was the catalytic converter. It was clogged up so it wouldn't make the car accelerate. Set me back $1000 :bnghd::bnghd::bnghd:
Yhea I've heard they have some exotic metals in those things.... Hang on a second...
Due to the external location and the use of valuable precious metals including platinum, palladium, and rhodium, converters are a target for
thieves. The problem is especially common among late-model Toyota trucks and SUVs, due to their high ground clearance and easily-removed bolt-on
catalytic converters. Welded-in converters are also at risk of theft from SUVs and trucks, as they can be easily removed with a battery powered
reciprocating saw. The saw removal of the converter can often inadvertently damage the car’s wiring or fuel line resulting in dangerous
consequences. Rises in metal costs inside the United States during recent years have led to a large increase in theft incidents of the converter,
which can then cost as much as $1000 to replace.
Well that's interesting, I've never heard of them being a target for thieves... I guess your mechanic can also get some money for a scraped one? -
That's some pricey metal in there, I wonder in what sort of quantities? - And it's my understanding that they are there for a chemical reaction, So
presumably that can be reversed? Or would a thief only go for brand new ones?
Hope yours is fixed on real well! - A clip on one could be asking for you to be left in the middle of no where minus a cat converter.