Mercedes Catalytic Converters

Written by Charles Peacock
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Mercedes are fine automobiles, and their high level of precision engineering stretches down to the smallest parts and details. If you need to replace a catalytic converter on your Mercedes, you may be dismayed to learn that it can be a bit expensive. If you've ever repaired your Mercedes before, however, the extra parts and labor costs probably won't come as a surprise.

Replacing Mercedes Catalytic Converters

Mercedes is one car manufacturer that generally eschews the sale and use of aftermarket parts (unless they are approved, of course). What this means is that finding a non-OEM catalytic converter might be slightly difficult. Manufacturers like Mercedes will actually go so far as to make their exhaust systems complex enough that they prevent you from being able to use anything other than OEM Mercedes parts.

Depending on which kind of Mercedes you own, finding a replacement catalytic converter can be very difficult, or very easy. Older model Mercedes are usually a bit easier--since they're more often in need of repair there are more parts and distributors out there ready to handle them. Problems with a catalytic converter on a newer Mercedes probably means you'll need to bring the car into the dealership.

If you do own a newer Mercedes, you might want to check to see if your warranty is still valid before paying anything for a replacement catalytic converter. Catalytic converters are certainly covered in bumper-to-bumper warranties, but they may or may not be included in engine and drive train warranties. In some cases, exhaust systems actually have their own warranties, as mandated by the state in which you live. Check with your dealership to find out which situation applies to you.

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