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How often is a catalytic converter stolen from certain models of school buses.

How often is a catalytic converter stolen from certain models of school buses.

Catalytic converters are exhaust emission control devices that convert hazardous gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine into less toxic pollutants. They contain precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium, which act as catalysts and help in the oxidation of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons present in the exhaust gases into less harmful carbon dioxide.

The soaring price of metals is one of the reasons behind the recent spurt in catalytic converter thefts in the country. The stolen car parts fetch a tidy sum on the black market. Recent supply chain disruptions have also led to the current situation. We spoke to a few mechanics about the ease with which thieves can steal this car part. The consensus was that it takes not more than 5-10 minutes to steal the part from the car’s underbelly.

School buses are not immune to catalytic converter thefts. Two school districts in New Jersey alone have reported catalytic converter thefts from school buses not long after dealing with the remains of Tropical Storm Ida! Most car owners assume the loud noise is because of a crack in the exhaust and ignore the sound until their next tune-up. These parts are expensive to replace, costing anywhere between $2,000 to $2,500, depending on the model you drive.

The most common factor thieves employ when deciding which car to target is the ease of detaching the catalytic converter from the exhaust system. And it seems the Toyota Prius is the most preferred vehicle for car thieves. This is because there are a lot of them on the road and also because of their ecologically friendly design. The gasoline engine in the Toyota Prius is supplemented by an electric motor, so it does not have to handle the same load as other gasoline engines. That means the catalytic converter does not have to work as hard and hence, it lasts longer and contains more precious metals in the system.

Thieves also target other Toyota models, including high-riding SUVs such as the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra. Since these vehicles sit high off the ground, it’s easy to slip underneath and steal the catalytic converter. Honda models such as the Element and the Accord are also targeted by thieves.

Car owners can do several things to reduce the chances of their catalytic converters being stolen. They should park their cars in a secure location whenever they leave them unattended for a lengthy period. If they’re going to be parking overnight, they should try to park in a garage whenever possible. If that isn’t an option, they should make sure the area is well-lit and close to their home. Car owners should also carry car insurance that is current and valid.

In conclusion, catalytic converters are an important part of a car and their theft can be a significant financial burden for car owners, especially for those who own a school bus. School bus owners should take steps to ensure that their cars.

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