Ford Catalytic Converters

Written by Charles Peacock
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Replacing the catalytic converter in your Ford automobile doesn't have to be a difficult or expensive task. A real advantage of driving American cars is that parts are usually a lot cheaper than those for European cars. This holds true with catalytic converters, which can be almost twice as expensive for a Mercedes as they are for a Ford.

Replacing a Catalytic Converter Yourself

One of the main costs associated with replacing a catalytic converter is labor. If you bring your car to a service shop they will typically charge you a substantial markup on the cost of the converter itself--in addition to several hours of labor. You might wind up spending $50 for the catalytic converter and several hundred for the labor, depending on how difficult the unit is to replace.

If you're interested in saving some money, there are a few ways you can do so. First of all, buy the catalytic converter yourself from a parts shop or an online automotive parts dealer. If you have enough faith in your ability to pick out the right part (which isn't all that difficult if you know the make, model, year and engine size of your car), you can save substantially by buying your own parts.

Another great way to save money is to install the catalytic converter yourself. Catalytic converters are one of the few types of car parts that are pretty easy to install yourself. Many OEM and aftermarket catalytic converters are actually designed to snap on quite easily. All you have to do is remove the old converter and fit the new one into place.

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