How To Replace a Catalytic Converter on a Toyota Tercel

Pollution is an ever present problem anywhere in the world at present. Big contributors are millions and millions of cars traveling each day producing a lot of pollutants collectively. With this amount of pollution being spread by cars in the environment, ways and means have been researched by car manufacturers to stick by pollution laws through refining car engines and its fuel engines to limit the amount of pollution coming from a vehicle. In 1975, a device called the catalytic converter was produced to change toxic pollutants in a car into emissions that are much less dangerous prior to its exiting the exhaust system of the vehicle. This simple device does a great deal in the preservation of the world’s environs which is why it is important to replace it whenever necessary. If you own a Toyota Tercel, it is possible to replace its catalytic converter on your own by following a few directions.

  • Get the proper catalytic converter. You may be tempted to save a few bucks by purchasing the universal fit converter that you find in car supply stores all over but this is one point you may have to reconsider. It could be a lot more complicated in the end. When purchasing car accessories, it is always best for certain parts to be replaced by those they are made for. This holds true with a catalytic converter for a Toyota Tercel. It is best to get one that fits directly and is made specifically for it. It the end, you will have a lot less problems to worry about.
  • Wear proper eye protection. To keep safe while replacing your converter, make sure that you have both safety glasses and your cutting glasses so you do not hurt your eyes in any way during the entire process.
  • Removing the old converter. Lift the car upward using a car lift. Wear your cutting glasses and proceed with care to cut off the catalytic converter’s nuts and bolts from their protuberances or flanges on the side of the converter with the use of an acetylene torch. By doing this, you will not break any of the flanges which are fastened to the flanges of the converter. Cut out the heads of the bolts with your acetylene torch as well. After this is done, you may now wear your safety glasses and proceed to knocking out the converter’s bolts on the flanges’ converter side. Make use of a hammer and punch. You can now remove the used converter. With the use of a pick, remove the used gaskets as well from the pipe flanges located on each side and clean up the flat areas of the pipe flanges with a sanding disk on a die grinder that is angled.
  • Setting in the new converter. Begin the process by replacing your old gaskets with new ones, placing them on an outlet of the pipe that you will find jutting out of the flanges of the pipe. To place in the converter, check out how its exhaust flows. You will find two arrows on it, which will indicate directions. The mark A means in the direction of the motor, while B would signify going towards the rear of the car. Begin to fasten the flanges of your converter into the flanges of the pipe. The bolt head must have a washer that is flat on the flanges, followed by a lock washer, and finally the nut. Get a wrench and air ratchet and proceed to tighten each of the bolts until all of the flanges are securely fastened. To check how the new converter is working, bring down the car and start it. Lift it up again to see if there is any form of leakage from the attachments you made and tighten if needed.

The catalytic converter is an essential device that helps in the protection of the environment, which is why it is necessary to replace it immediately when required.


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