The need for a new Nissan catalytic converter is something none of us want to deal with, but life throws curveballs sometimes. Catalytic converter theft is on the rise, but even then, all catalytic converters will eventually need to be replaced. Neither situation is fun, but when you choose Petro Nissan for your Nissan catalytic converter needs, it can be less of a headache.
Learn more about your Nissan catalytic converter below, and contact our Nissan service center to book your catalytic converter replacement.
It can be jarring to see such a high price on what seems like a simple piece of metal. But a Nissan catalytic converter is not a simple thing and is not made from your average metals.
To understand it, we have to rewind back to the 1970s. Cars of the day smelled bad, really bad. The rise of the catalytic converter during the early 1970s and its shift to a legally required component through the early 1980s helped change that.
The function of a Nissan catalytic converter is now clear: It cleans noxious exhaust gases. In detail, a catalyst inside the component starts a chemical reaction, converting dangerous engine emissions like unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide into less-impactful compounds like carbon dioxide and water.
This catalyst is a honeycomb-like mesh made with significant amounts of platinum. That's why a Nissan catalytic converter is several times more valuable than any other Nissan exhaust system component.
If you find that your car is suddenly a lot louder, your Nissan catalytic converter has likely been stolen. A replacement is necessary, as driving without a catalytic converter creates a stream of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide.
But what if the Nissan catalytic converter remains in place? The hot and chemically packed gases can clog the honeycomb mesh over time. Replacement will typically be required after 10 years or 100,000 miles, but factors like engine maintenance can affect the life span. When the catalytic converter is compromised, you'll likely see a "Service Engine Soon" message or a check engine light appear on your dashboard.
Replace it ASAP because a faulty catalytic converter can throw off the finely tuned balance of your engine, reducing efficiency and performance and even causing severe engine damage if ignored.
We recommend that you schedule Nissan service and have your Nissan catalytic converter inspected after every five years or 50,000 miles to avoid this situation.
While Nissan makes great strides to lower the amount of expensive metals in their vehicle's catalytic converters, each engine in the Nissan lineup has different specifications that call for more expensive or more affordable Nissan catalytic converter designs. The number of catalytic converters used will vary by vehicle, too.
Here are some common vehicles we see come to our Nissan service department for a Nissan catalytic converter replacement:
Thanks to its small and efficient engine, a Nissan catalytic converter for the Sentra will have less work to do. Many Sentra sedans only have one catalytic converter, which can be smaller and more affordable than the rest of the lineup.
A larger sedan than the Sentra but a smaller, more efficient vehicle than most SUVs, the Altima usually has two catalytic converters. It typically sits above the Sentra and below the other Nissan vehicles for catalytic converter pricing.
The Rogue has two catalytic converters, but depending on the model year and engine, the price of a Nissan catalytic converter for Rogue SUVs can be slightly higher or slightly lower than an Altima. This smooth SUV typically uses a smaller engine than other Nissan SUVs, incurring a smaller catalytic converter price.
Powered by a mighty V-6 engine, the Murano is one of the most powerful Nissan SUVs and often requires three catalytic converters. However, the Murano SUV's catalytic converters are placed in a harder-to-reach location, making it a vehicle that catalytic converter thieves often ignore.
As a burly truck with a similar V-6, the Frontier typically has four catalytic converters. The price of replacing each Nissan catalytic converter for Frontier trucks will often be more expensive than the Murano due to the required exhaust-scrubbing capabilities.
From a Nissan catalytic converter to a Nissan windshield replacement, the Petro Nissan service center is ready to handle all your vehicle's servicing needs at a price that's lower than you might expect. Contact us to get an estimate on a new catalytic converter for your vehicle, and schedule your service with our expert technicians today.
You should replace your Nissan catalytic converter ASAP if it is stolen or broken loose from the rest of the exhaust system. Otherwise, you should get your Nissan catalytic converter inspected every 50,000 miles and replaced after 100,000 miles at the Petro Nissan service center. Contact our team for more information on your vehicle's catalytic converter.
A Nissan catalytic converter will typically last for around 10 years or 100,000 miles of driving; inspecting the catalytic converter after every 50,000 miles or five years is recommended. However, factors like driving conditions, how long you drive your vehicle at a time, and the level of engine maintenance performed can affect the life span of a Nissan catalytic converter.
A vehicle with a smaller engine and low ride height will likely be targeted less by catalytic converter thieves. There aren't many fully effective and legal ways of protecting your vehicle from catalytic converter theft, but parking within view of a security camera and having a trusted mechanic add a metal cage around the catalytic converter can help deter theft.Schedule Service