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See What Nigerians Call ‘Indomie’ In Cars (Photos)



indomie in cars

indomie in cars

Did you know there is something Nigerians call indomie in cars?

Nigerians are good at re-naming things to something relatable to them. This cut across almost all the part of the country. The funny thing is how the ‘Nigerian name’ spread like wild fire. You may call the real name and people will look at in awe, because the name is not familiar.

This re-naming done in the automobile industry is quite hilarious. I wonder how they think out all these  baptismal names. Nigerians have funny nicknames they give cars which are more common than the original names of the cars. A clear example is the 2007 to 2011 Toyota Camry. Nigerians chose to call it Toyota Muscle. Funny enough, the name is much more relatable to Nigerians than the name the manufacturers gave the car. Another one is the 20o8 Honda Accord; Nigerians call it ‘Evil Spirit’.

Today, we will show you what most Nigerians, especial local mechanics and spare part marketers call Indomie. The indomie that is familiar to us is the noodle we eat. This same Indomie means something else in Ladipo market.

So what is this Indomie?

What most Nigerians refers to as indomie is the catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is found in the exhaust system of most cars. The function of the catalytic converter aka indomie, is to convert harmful compounds from the exhaust into harmless or less harmful ones.

But why call it indomie in the first place (it’s not edible)?

The name came from the core which is usually a ceramic monolith that has a honeycomb structure (commonly square, not hexagonal). It somewhat looks like an uncooked indomie.

indomie in cars

indomie in cars

Catalytic converters are very important in cars and can cause problems when they are bad or absent. An overworked catalytic converter can cause fire in a car. A bad catalytic converter can also cause the check engine light to come on. It can also cause smelly exhaust fume.

In conclusion, whenever you hear the term ‘Indomie‘, especially when the topic of discussion is centered on automobile, just know it the catalytic converter of a car. Moreover, this catalytic converter is often stolen in cars.

indomie in cars

An image of a bad catalytic converter

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Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.