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Old 09-09-2005, 01:44 PM   #1
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On a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, I noticed a lack of power when climbing grades that I had no trouble with in the past, transmission would downshift on the slighest grade. Took the unit in for service to a local Ford dealer. Was informed last week that they did find a miss and replaced some plug wires, but unit still lacked power. A flow test (?) was done and today I was informed that the catalytic converter was bad and needed to be replaced, this was the cause of the loss of power...oh yeah...the part alone is $2200.00 !!!!!. Anyone else ever experience anything like this ?
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On a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, I noticed a lack of power when climbing grades that I had no trouble with in the past, transmission would downshift on the slighest grade. Took the unit in for service to a local Ford dealer. Was informed last week that they did find a miss and replaced some plug wires, but unit still lacked power. A flow test (?) was done and today I was informed that the catalytic converter was bad and needed to be replaced, this was the cause of the loss of power...oh yeah...the part alone is $2200.00 !!!!!. Anyone else ever experience anything like this ?
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:47 PM   #3
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If misery loves company......

This reminded me of a friend who had a Rolls (I'm going back to late 70s and early 80s now - he moved to FLA in 83 and had to get rid of it - too much of a target for vandals). Around 1981 he was moaning and groaning about replacing the exhaust system - over $8,000. In that context, your price sounds reasonable (but there is no question painful). Actually, he paid over $2k for a tune up every year.
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You can put a piece of straight exhaust pipe in place of the converter while you drive around from shop to shop getting quotes. Sometimes it takes years to find the right shop.

Keep in mind that cat. converters use up precious resources and have a long term negative effect on our environment. Flame suit on.
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:58 AM   #5
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My Workhorse Owners Manual says the Cat Converter is warrantied for 8 years or 80,000 miles. Don't know about Ford, but I would think it might be similar.

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Old 09-21-2005, 04:25 AM   #6
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Finally got the unit back Monday....New Catalyic Converter...$2382.14....Plus labor and related items, Total 3196.17. In addition to regular maintanance items...had to replace some coil wires and hoses that were damaged by the excessive heat caused by the bad catalyic converter..total bill for repair...4078.00 !!!!!

Warranty on cataylic converter for motorhomes 5/50,000..light trucks and cars have 8/80,000, called ford to check on this...told them that even though my unit was 6 years old....it only has 26,000 miles..they could cars less !!!!

Only good thing...unit runs perfect....amazed at the difference...must have been going bad for some time...and the service team at Yocum Ford in Lansdale Pa. were great and did a beautiful job.
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