Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Are all Ford F-150 catalytic converters legal?
Answer: Many converters are labeled "49-state legal"meaning they are legal for use everywhere except the state of California. However, the label can be misleading because a number of other states have also adopted California's strict emissions standards. These states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The District of Columbia also uses the same emissions standards. Driving in any of these states will require a catalytic converter that complies with the regulations set by the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.).
Are there any benefits from getting an aftermarket catalytic converter for a Ford F-150?
Answer: There are certain aftermarket performance converters called high-flow catalytic converters which usually have larger diameters and are designed to restrict the flow of exhaust as little as possible. These are said to increase your vehicle's torque and horsepower while efficiently cleaning your emissions. However, these gains are usually quite marginal and won't be felt unless a turbo-charged engine is being used.
How much do Ford F-150 catalytic converters cost?
Answer: Converter for Ford F-150 trucks can arrange anywhere from $50 to over $300. Other than differences in design, the more expensive packages have oxygen sensor ports and include two catalytic converters instead of just one.
What are the signs that a catalytic converter on a Ford F-150 needs to be replaced?
Answer: Failing a carbon emissions test would be a very clear sign of a problem with a Ford F-150's catalytic converter. However, before it comes to that, other symptoms that can be detected which include a foul-smelling odor, black exhaust fumes, a rattling sound from your converter, a drop in fuel economy, poor idling, difficulty accelerating, and an engine that's running a lot hotter than usual.