When it burns gasoline, an engine produces tailpipe emissions that are harmful to the environment, and it's your 2004 Toyota Camry catalytic converter that's tasked with neutralizing the exhaust gases. If your car sounds louder than normal or doesn't seem to be running like it should, there could be an issue with this exhaust part. It can be fixed, and a new catalytic converter from AutoZone is often all it takes to get your car's emission control and exhaust
systems up to 100 percent again.
How Do Catalytic Converters Work?
Shaped like a muffler, the catalytic converter in Toyota Camry 2004 models is an integral component in the exhaust pipe under the car. Inside, a hollow honeycomb structure allows exhaust gases to pass through it on the way to the tailpipe. The structure contains precious metal particles like palladium, rhodium, and platinum that act as catalysts. A chemical reaction happens when hydrocarbons in the exhaust come into contact with the catalyst material, causing them to superheat. After they burn up, safer elements like carbon dioxide and water remain.
Symptoms of a Failing Catalytic Converter
Although they're designed to last for many years, cat converters can fail due to contamination, poor fuel quality, and lack of engine maintenance. A severe impact can also cause premature failure. Symptoms of catalytic converter parts
that need to be replaced include a rotten egg smell from the exhaust, rattling underneath the car at idle and on acceleration, decreased performance intermittently, and a Check Engine Light illuminated.
2004 Toyota Camry Catalytic Converter Replacement Cost
The right component is crucial for a repair that will last for years to come. You'll need to choose the correct version which is either a 2004 Toyota Camry catalytic converter California emissions standard or one intended for the rest of the country's standards. Parts range from about $150 for a generic part to more than $1,000 for a manifold-mounted part.
Whether you need new emissions parts, tune-up components, or fluids for your Camry, find everything at AutoZone. Filter by year, make, model, and engine size to view parts intended for your car exactly, available with Home Delivery or Free In-Store or Curbside Pickup.