Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How much are catalytic converters? Should expensive ones be considered?
Answer: Replacement catalytic converters can be bought for as low as $100 while aftermarket products will cost about $800. Some of the best aftermarket converters are made from sturdy, lightweight metals, allowing them to take a good beating on the road. They also contain a good amount of catalyst, giving them greater air cleaning power. They will cost a lot but it may well be worth it, especially if buyer expects to drive his Ford Escape for a long time.
Is it advisable to switch to another catalytic converter?
Answer: Ford Escape owners should be aware that the catalytic converters that came with their vehicle were made to compliance with local emission laws. If a catalytic converter isn't damaged or if hasn't failed, then there is no need to buy another one. If fact, if a buyer is not careful, they may get one that isn't effective in cleaning engine exhaust or one that isn't certified by the state they're in. Worst of all, such blunders might only be discovered upon failing the emission test. All the money used up and all those man hours spent installing the converter just went down the drain. Unless there is a really big reason to do so, all ford escape owners should stick with their catalytic converters.
Is it okay to drive a ford Escape with a damaged catalytic converter?
Answer: Catalytic converters are an essential part of the Escape's exhaust system. Running the vehicle with a damaged cat con will severely hurt its performance, decreasing the engine's power and possibly shortening its life. A vehicle running without a converter will most likely be breaking emission laws on most US states as well and could result in traffic citations and large fines.