Many of us like to fix up our cars ourselves. I think it’s for the sense of pride when the project is complete or just to save money. The truth is, we need to be smart about when and where to buy car parts. This is why I’ve partnered with CDJR Mopar Parts to bring you the best information possible. For example, if you have a Jeep you have the buy the corresponding part and if you have a Chrysler, the same concept applies.
We’ve talked about Catalytic Converters and Serpentine belts, but for the sake of knowledge let’s go over the reasons why they can go bad.
Reasons a Catalytic Converter Can Go Bad:
- Simply replacing a catalytic converter is often just a temporary fix. When a converter goes bad, other things are often to blame such as bad spark plugs. If these go unfixed, a new converter will go bad due to these underlying issues. Spark Plugs can also be purchased at CDJR Mopar Parts.
- Damaging the oxygen sensor results when silicone is allowed to come into contact with a catalytic converter. A smoking exhaust pipe letting out white fumes is a sign that this is occurring. You can fix this problem inexpensively by sealing the source of entry for the silicone, which is often through a leak in the head gasket. Products available at auto stores can be poured into the radiator to seal the leak.
- Failing an emissions test will likely result from heavy phosphorus contamination to your catalytic converter. Smoking blue fumes coming from your exhaust pipe will often indicate if this is happening. You can fix or contain this issue by switching to an “SJ”-type motor oil as opposed to the “SH”-rated type, which contains higher levels of phosphorus.
Reasons the Serpentine Belt Can Go Bad:
- Squeaking, squealing, and or chirping like noises.
- System performance loss, loss of accelerative power, failure and lack of responsiveness in your power steering, the car’s battery suddenly drains or your engine just stops. All these things are controlled by a properly functioning serpentine or V-belt. Once your belt is compromised, it can produce further damage to the vital systems – such as the alternator, water pump, power steering and air conditioning – that depend on it. Unfortunately, the resulting damage can require extensive repair, with very little warning leading up to the event.
- Check engine light may also turn on with a poorly functioning alternator and or poor cooling secondary to the poor performance of the serpentine belt.
To avoid your serpentine belt from going bad get it checked, but you can also replace it yourself. Knowing where to buy your car parts is only half the battle. You have to make sure that it’s from a trusted company that carries your vehicles make and model. There are many car parts sellers out there, but CDJR Mopar Parts caters to Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and RAM. You’ll know right away that every part your purchase is the right one for your vehicle.