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05 Escape Catalytic Conv Q

Discussion in 'Ford Escape' started by treyfrommissouri, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. treyfrommissouri

    treyfrommissouri New Member

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    Hello all. We have an 05 Escape which we got a while back. Started having trouble and the mechanic said that all 3 catalytic converters need to be replaced. The mechanic said he doesn't know if its worth it to put the money into fixing the car

    Has 183,000 miles. Is it worth paying a couple of grand worth of work to get the car in shape? Thoughts anyone?
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    Dominick 1 Well-Known Member Respected Member

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    Welcome to the Forum
    That's entirely up to you depending on the condition of the Escape
  3. Action

    Action Moderator Staff Member Respected Member

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    Welcome to the FFO!

    If a cat convertor needs to be replaced, this is usually because the converter is plugged due to mis-fueling with leaded fuel or has come apart on the inside and is causing a restrictions in exhaust flow. (An extremely rare event for 3 to be like this)

    If there is an exhaust restriction the very EZ method to discover this is to use a vacuum gauge connected to intake manifold vacuum. At idle an unrestricted exhaust system will show a steady vacuum reading. A restricted exhaust will show up with a vacuum reading that starts out OK and then is falling to a lower reading.

    You might ask why the cats need to be replaced.

    In addition, if the rare event occurred that all 3 Cat converters needed replacement, a couple of grand in cost is a bit on the high side. Here is an entire system for 2005 Escape with 3.0 l for under $900. If replacing the entire system labor shouldn't be $1100.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/05-06-Marin...ash=item43e4d9997f:g:IdgAAOSwARZXn2lc&vxp=mtr

    Sorry, I think you are getting some info that isn't accurate.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Action
  4. RacingJake

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    Got an 02 Escape in June and had no power, would stall and over heat as soon as the engine was turned off. The rear Cat was plugged up and I just cut the Cat off just in front and un-bolted the rear pipe. I bolted up a cherry bomb muffler and let it run blowing out all the Cat crud out of the exhaust.

    Been a few months and no more pieces from the front Cats coming out the muffler, runs greats and no more overheating after 3500 miles. Sounds mean too for a tuner car LOL's
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017
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