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All You Need To Know About Catalytic Converters Is They Shouldn't Exist

  • Mnpaul (1478 posts)
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    All You Need To Know About Catalytic Converters Is They Shouldn't Exist

    Rich Cromwell over at the Federalist just exposed himself as an idiot when it comes to cars

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/16/need-know-catalytic-converters-shouldnt-exist

    Some lovely “facts” from his article:

    1. Catalytic converters became common in the 1970s in response to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, although they weren’t mandated until 2010
    2. The converter takes regular exhaust, mixes it with excess gasoline sent in by the fuel pump so it can burn, and burns it, thus eliminating most pollutants.
    3. For this discussion, we only need to know the basics about cylinders. Inside them are pistons, and those pistons pump oil into the crankshaft.
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  • leveymg (3495 posts)
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    1. The Lambda-Sond patented cat and O2 sensor saved the internal combustion engine

    Or at least extended its life for a half century.  Without it, the air in many American cities would be like Beijing. Even with it, China is moving to mandate electric taxis.

    I thought conservatives were generally car guys.  Not that one, apparently.

    • Mnpaul (1478 posts)
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      2. That one sounds like a Libertarian

      they often come up with crap like this to justify their ideology.

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  • ConcernedCanuk (871 posts)
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    3. I have eno idea what the author of that article was trying to accomplish

    If there is a grain of truth in that article that matters, I didn’t see it.

    For the curious – I’ll respond to the OP’s summation of a couple of claims in the article.

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    The converter takes regular exhaust, mixes it with excess gasoline sent in by the fuel pump so it can burn, and burns it, thus eliminating most pollutants.

    Baloney – the catalytic converter reaction creates extreme heat to burn off some of the hydrocarbons (one of our Mayors up here referred to them as carbohydrates!) before they exit the tailpipe into the atmosphere – the fuel pump has nothing to do with it. This technology has been embraced by manufactures of wood heating devices – not so much to reduce pollutants, but to grasp that extra heat for the building . . .

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    For this discussion, we only need to know the basics about cylinders. Inside them are pistons, and those pistons pump oil into the crankshaft.

    Hmm – makes me wonder what that thing called the OIL PUMP is for ?????

    I’m a retired auto/truck mechanic, and during my 40+ years in the trade, I became aware that many, if not MOST mechanics are full of bullshit – mostly because they do not understand squat about the “profession” they participate in.

    That is all . . .

    :hi:

    CC

    Why is it when we get older, we can remember the tiniest details from our youth, but not where we put our reading glasses 30 seconds ago?
    • HIP56948 (2994 posts)
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      4. Shit-fire….I do believe the oil pump compresses the oil and air mixture…

      …kinda’ like them lawnmower engines and model airplanes.  Something like 2 sickles or whatever.   :spank:

      • ConcernedCanuk (871 posts)
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        5. Nope – no mixing with air – oil pump, hmmm – pumps oil!

        Most lawn mower engines don’t have an oil pump – just splashes the oil around enuf to do the job . . .

        Air is only mixed with the fuel, well – yeah – the heat/air conditioning supply as well 

        Thanks for dropping in tho!

        CC

         

        Why is it when we get older, we can remember the tiniest details from our youth, but not where we put our reading glasses 30 seconds ago?
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