Question about the Catalytic Converter
Im a noob. Ok I dont know if im in the right place but I will give it a shot.
Me and my friend both have A/T 1.6 mazda 3's he bought his in 2005
and i bought mine last year in may. We both have what nearly
everybody has done here when they get there mufflers done, where
they take out the silencer (water bottle looking thingy) and replace
that with a straight pipe that goes to the end and install the universal
muffler at the end (well thats what I think they do) so literally this
does nothing to the performance and the main point is to make a loud
sound. going back to both cars, I have noticed his is far more louder
than mine, so i went up and asked him why is it so loud, he told me when
he got it done they took out the catalytic converter, I have heard this
makes the sound increase. So the other day I went to the local muffler
shop and they took a look at the bottom of the car and they said the
catalytic converter was attached to the manifold and they have not
encountered that type of thing yet and will not be able to be taken out.
So I ask them what did they do to my friends car because it was the catalytic converter taken out.
My question is 1.) can you guys broaden my mind with what is a catalytic converter and what does it do 2.) Is it bad to take it out (I heard from some dude that when its taken out it makes the car faster) (And some other person told me that it is bad to get taken out) 3.) can anyone explain to me why they said that the catalytic coverter is connected to the manifold. 4.) Is my friends under body different from mine? Philippines does not exactly change the whole chassis and underbody of the 3 every year like in the states. So whats going on?,,
Sorry for such a long post guys, hope I can get some help here. Thanks.
06 Steel Silver Mazda 3
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