Checklist: Catalytic Converters
Shop Tour Stop #1
|The following questions and guidance are taken from the
Consolidated Screening Checklist for Automotive Repair Facilities Guidebook.
A �√� next to a response in the guide indicates that is the preferred response in terms of environmental compliance. If you select a response without a �√�, you may still be in compliance; however, you should verify that you are in compliance by contacting the appropriate federal or state regulatory agency and discussing your activity with them.
Does facility replace catalytic converters that are the correct type based on vehicle requirements?
Replacement catalytic converters must be designed to work on the specific vehicle under repair. Automotive facilities must do one of the following:
(1) routinely check a converter catalog or chart to ensure the correct type of catalytic converters are kept in stock at the shop, or
(2) order converters one at a time as needed from a local parts store and provide the parts store with the vehicle information so that the parts store can send the correct converter for that car.
Does facility replace catalytic converters on vehicle covered under the vehicle�s original manufacturer’s warranty?
Installers are prohibited from installing aftermarket catalytic converters on vehicles still covered under the vehicle manufacturer’s emission control warranty. The original catalytic converters on 1994 and older vehicles are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for 5 years or 50,000 miles. Models 1995 and newer are covered for 8 years or 80,000 miles.
If “yes” to previous question, was original catalytic converter missing or replaced due to State inspection program requirement?
Does facility properly mark and keep replaced catalytic converters on-site for at least 15 days?
Used converters removed from vehicles must be kept on-site for a minimum of 15 days. The converter must be marked to indicate from which vehicle the converter was removed. A properly marked converter contains:
1. The work invoice number or date of removal and the customer�s name written with a marker, chalk or equivalent marking material; or
2. A copy of the work invoice is attached to the converter.
Does facility completely fill out customer paperwork and maintain on-site for at least 6 months?
|Source: U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA 305-B-03-004, October 2003.
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