How to Replace a Catalytic Converter On a Ford Escape

by Allen Moore
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The catalytic converter neutralizes some of the poisonous gases from the exhaust of internal combustion engines common in most modern automobiles. The catalytic converter on the Ford Escape is engineered to work with the Escape’s specific engine and exhaust system. In the event a catalytic converter replacement is necessary on an Escape, be sure to purchase an exact replacement for the existing unit. Failure to use the proper replacement catalytic converter will lead to problems with the emissions system.

Step 1

Be sure the vehicle is cold and slide under the passenger side. Bring along the wire coat hanger, socket set, box wrenches and replacement catalytic converter.

Step 2

Wrap the coat hanger around the exhaust pipe behind the catalytic converter and up through the frame to keep the pipe suspended.

Step 3

Use the socket set and box wrenches to unbolt the fasteners in the front and rear flanges of the existing catalytic converter. Set the fasteners aside and put the old catalytic converter on the ground, out of the way.

Step 4

Position the new catalytic converter between the collector pipe and exhaust pipe and reinstall the bolts into the front and rear flanges with the socket set and wrenches.

Remove the coat hanger from the frame and exhaust pipe and slide out.


  • Certain models of catalytic converters are held in place with a flange at one end and an exhaust clamp at the other. If this pertains to the Escape in question, remove the exhaust clamp with a socket wrench and slide the converter out of the exhaust pipe, then slide the new one in and reinstall the clamp. The exhaust pipe will need to be lowered slightly to move the catalytic converter in and out. The exhaust pipe can be lowered by hand.

Items you will need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Socket set
  • Box wrenches
  • Replacement catalytic converter

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