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Ford E250 Catalytic Converter

Troubleshooting 101: Ford E250 Catalytic Converter

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.

Clogged catalytic converter

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.

Dips in acceleration and gas mileage

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.

Busted cylinder head gasket

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.

Little or no converter temperature change

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.

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  • How to Maintain your Ford E250 Catalytic Converter 04 March 2014

    If it wasn't already apparent, your Ford E250 catalytic converter won't take care of itself. As it makes your exhaust fumes less harmful and aids in smooth exhaust system performance, it's up to you to ensure that this vital component is kept in working condition for as long as possible. How will you do this? Well, with some meticulous converter maintenance, that's how? Now, a few people would tell you that there's little you can do to maintain your catalytic converter, but you'll find some pretty helpful tips listed below. So get reading and start taking better care of your converter.

    • Keep your converter clean.
    • 'Cleanliness is next to godliness,' they say. And whether or not you know what that means exactly, it's important for you to keep your catalytic converter clean at all times in order to guarantee its smooth functionality. There are many ways of doing so, including the simply tapping and wiping the converter, soaking it in a mixture of degreaser and hot water, and the use of power spray. All of these methods are very effective; what's most important is that you loosen the dirt and grease of the converter before actually wiping them off. No matter what method you choose, as long as you clean your converter in an effort to prevent dirt buildup, then you're bound to enjoy superb converter performance.
    • Check other components.
    • On an annual basis, make sure that your headlights are angled in the right direction. Headlight misalignment can be caused by excessively rough roads or by potholes. See to it that your headlights are properly angled in order to enjoy effective headlight functionality.
    • Follow the rattling sound.
    • When your converter begins to fail, its monolith filling cracks and its pieces begin to rattle. Use a mechanic's stethoscope to find where the loose pieces are, and then drill a small hole at each location where you'll place a large drywall screw. This should eliminate the rattling and prolong the life of your catalytic converter.