Yes, the idea sounds silly; who, after all, would want to strip your vehicle's exhaust of a part that absorbs toxins and smells horrible while doing so?; The reality is with scrap prices rising, catalytic converters are easy and promising targets for thieves.
Designed to simultaneously reduce NOx, CO2 and hydrocarbon emissions, catalytic converters are essential components in controlling vehicle emissions.; The key element that allows a converter to function is platinum, a precious metal.; According to metals dealer Kitco.com, the price of platinum is currently running around $1700 an ounce.
So how can an owner prevent converter theft?; Ford's dealers in Britain have launched one method.; For a little over $20, owners can have their converters labeled with a unique ID tag and a phone number.; If the part were to show up at a scrap dealer, it'd take but one phone call to determine if it were stolen, and would allow the converter to be returned to its rightful place.
Although that may work in theory, others may want a less subtle means of security.; The CatClamp, created by American Welding Inc, places a catalytic converter in a theft-proof cage made of aircraft cable.; That's a heavy duty solution, but it carries a heavy-duty price: $225.