Your Ford E250 catalytic converter plays an intrinsic part in your vehicle's performance. First of all, as a part of your ride's exhaust system, it boosts exhaust efficiency as well as vehicle performance. Secondly, it helps manage your vehicle's exhaust fumes, making them less toxic before releasing them into the atmosphere. In the event that your catalytic converter becomes damaged, then it could leak out harmful fumes that would endanger your health and the environment. To be able to prevent such problems from occurring, be sure to troubleshoot your converter. Check out the following symptoms of a busted cat con and some troubleshooting tips.
Clogging is one of the most common causes of catalytic converter damage, and you'll want to check your component for clogging by removing it from you ride. Afterwards, check if there's a change in engine performance. If your engine's performance is better without the converter plugged in, then your component is likely clogged and in need of a replacement.
If your catalytic converter is partially, then you're likely to notice dips in fuel economy as well as acceleration when you press on the gas pedal. If the converter is completely clogged, then your engine will likely quit after a number of minutes due to the increased exhaust back pressure. In either case, you should have your converter replaced right away.
Oil and coolant will be able to enter the combustion chamber and be burned in the cylinders if the cylinder head gasket it damaged. Keep in mind that the catalytic converter is very sensitive to changes in exhaust gas contents and temperature, so if oil or coolant is burned in the cylinders, then your vehicle performance is bound to suffer. If your gasket is in bad shape, then you should probably have it replaced ASAP.
If you have access to a high temperature digital pyrometer (or even an over thermometer), check the catalytic converter's temperature. A good converter will be 100 degrees F hotter at its outlet than at its inlet while little or no temperature change would indicate a problem in your catalytic converter.