How do you cut off a catalytic converter?

I’m scrapping my car, and someone told me that I need to remove my catalytic converter before doing so. Can you tell me how to cut off a catalytic converter?

Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No spam · No long forms · No fees
Find savings (100% Free)
rating white
3.5k Ratings
Answer provided by
Natalie Todoroff
Answered on Aug 04, 2022
To cut off a catalytic converter, you’ll need either a wrench (if it’s bolted to your vehicle) or a reciprocating saw (if it’s welded on). Oh, and we’d also recommend you get a mechanic creeper so you can better access it.
On your creeper, lie beneath your vehicle and look for the series of tubes near your exhaust system. Your catalytic converter will be somewhere in there—keep an eye out for a rectangular or rounded box-shaped part. If your catalytic converter came equipped with an O2 sensor, you’ll need to unbolt and remove that before proceeding.
If your catalytic converter is bolted to the underside of your vehicle, you’ll have to unscrew the bolts from back to front. If it was welded on, you’ll need to use a reciprocating saw to cut along the existing weld lines to free it from the underside of your car.
Good luck scrapping your old car! When you’re ready with a new set of wheels, download Jerry to find the best deal on its car insurance policy.
If you’d rather leave the hard work of gathering quotes to someone else, use Jerry. The Jerry app can collect quotes from dozens of top insurance companies, like Travelers, Nationwide, and Progressive, in seconds! They can even help cancel your old policy once you’ve made your pick.

Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.

Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.

Easiest way to compare and buy car insurance

No long forms
No spam or unwanted phone calls
Quotes from top insurance companies
Find insurance savings — it's 100% free