Toyota Catalytic Converters

Written by Charles Peacock
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Toyotas are popular because of their prices, their efficiency, their reliability and their relatively low repair costs. If you own a Toyota and need to replace your car's catalytic converter, you'll be happy to learn that they can be acquired quite cheaply and are very easy to install. The first thing to do is make sure you get the right part for your specific Toyota model.

Finding the Right Toyota Catalytic Converter

There are a few things you'll need to bring with you when you go shopping for a Toyota catalytic converter: your car's model, year and engine type. Toyota converters come in a whole host of shapes and sizes, so it's important to make sure you're buying the right one. It is possible to get the wrong converter to fit on your car, which you won't know about until you fail an emissions test or your engine starts running sluggishly.

For Toyota owners who live in California, it is necessary to look for catalytic converters that are licensed to handle that state's more exacting emissions standards. Since California has so many cars and such a big pollution problem, they've found it necessary to set up stricter emissions laws than most of the rest of the country. If you don't buy a converter that is designed for use in California, you will most likely fail your California smog test.

California makes up a pretty large chunk of the American car-driving population. Having said that, it isn't as easy as you might think to find California-licensed catalytic converters. Shopping for your parts in California is certainly a safe bet, but you'll also find that many online parts dealers carry catalytic converters that will work in California.

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