Catalytic Converter Replacement in Fremont, CA
Fremont Auto Center offers complete range of automotive services and repairs. Catalytic converter replacement is one of the services we offer at our Fremont auto repair facility.
Sadly, catalytic converter replacement has become a popular repair, and not because the converters are failing – they rarely do - but because they are being stolen in large numbers. Due to high prices for platinum, rhodium, and palladium – the three precious metals that are used when manufacturing catalytic converters – thieves have found a ready and lucrative market for stolen catalytic converters.
Unfortunately, in the process of stealing catalytic converters, thieves tend to do other damage as well. Oxygen sensor is frequently damaged during the theft. If your vehicle’s catalytic converter has been stolen, bring your car to Fremont Auto Center - we will inspect your vehicle, and let you know what additional damage, if any, was caused by the thieves.
Cars that are most likely to be targeted are Toyota Prius, particularly Prius Gen 2, and Honda Element, though thieves are now stealing catalytic converters from other Toyotas and Hondas, Fords, Nissans, even school buses – any vehicle with a catalytic converter is a potential target.
Catalytic converters do fail occasionally and in such case replacement is a straightforward repair (though it requires matching the right catalytic converter to your vehicle – California has very stringent laws and regulations governing vehicle emissions). But if the catalytic converter has been stolen, there is usually additional damage that has to be assessed and repaired. Rest assured that our technicians, certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), will get your vehicle repaired, even if it suffered extensive damage.
Symptoms that it’s time to talk to your local mechanic about catalytic converter replacement:
- If your car roars in the morning – this is usually the sign that the catalytic converter has been stolen
- Engine misfire may be a symptom of a failing catalytic converter
- Check engine light will be illuminated
- Loss of power
- Car engine may be running rough
If you notice any of the above problems, call Fremont Auto Center to make an appointment for a checkup – many of the above symptoms can be caused by problems other than the catalytic converter failure, so it’s necessary to get a professional to inspect your vehicle and diagnose the root cause of the problem.
When we inspect your vehicle, we will provide you with electronic copy of the inspection results, including pictures of any visible damage (if the catalytic converter was stolen) – we can also provide this information to your insurance company to speed up claim processing. We are happy to work with your insurance company throughout the repair.
So if you notice symptoms of catalytic converter trouble, bring your vehicle to our Fremont auto repair shop. Our friendly staff will welcome you and you can also expect:
- 24 months / 24,000 miles warranty on all repairs
- Original Equipment or better quality parts
- Free Digital Vehicle Inspection with pictures for your records and for your insurance company
Fremont Auto Center is a full service auto repair shop located on Mowry Ave. in Fremont, CA. Call us with any auto service or repair needs – from simple to complex, we will inspect, diagnose, and repair your vehicle. Whether it needs catalytic converter replacement and repairs, or a simple oil change, we are happy to be of service.
For your convenience, our website offers online appointments, or call us at the shop and we will make an appointment for you.