Just wanted to post a recent experience I had with the catalytic converter issues Escapes seem to be prone to.
A friend has a 2003 Escape 4x4 with the 3.0 V-6 and automatic transmission. It has 141,000 miles on it, she bought it with 40,000 miles on the vehicle.
Recently it developed driveability issues: No power with a whistling noise and top speed of 10 M.P.H. I researched on here and her symptoms matched threads that came up using the search function. I told her I was pretty sure the front cat was bad and had plugged the rear cat, causing the issue. She took it to a local repair shop and confirmed my diagnosis. Their estimate for repair was north of $1,500.00. My neighbor and I were sure we could repair it cheaper.
We towed it to my house and pulled the front and rear-most cats. As suspected they were both bad. The back cat on the engine looked pristine inside so we left it alone. We ordered all of our parts from rockauto. New front and rear-most cats, exhaust and intake gaskets, serpentine belt, and one O2 sensor that was damaged when the insides of the front cat let go.
Installation was straight forward with no major issues. We also changed the plugs with brand new ones she had purchased but never had installed. The vehicle now runs fantastic and she is extremely happy with it. Total cost: $600.00
The parts fit very well and there were no surprises. Only one thing is different: the exhaust is just *slightly* louder with a bit of a rumble. I have no idea how many miles she has on it now but it is still running like a champ.
Good luck if you have to R&R the cats.
Last edited by thousand_mile_stare; 05-08-2012 at 03:19 PM.
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There are 3 on the V-6 Escape. One on the front exhaust manifold, one on the rear manifold, and one after the Y pipe going to the tail pipe.
We replaced the front manifold and the rear most after the Y pipe.
Rich, the catalytic converters are part of the exhaust manifold. I'm pretty sure that you have to remove them as an assembly. Go to one of the sponsors' web site, and look up a picture and you'll see what they look like in the wild... They are expensive parts to have fail, at ~$400 a pop if not more. The California ones are even scarcer than hens teeth as CARB has tightened the noose on aftermarket suppliers.
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I have a 2003 Ford escape with 160,000 miles I was told my cat went but wasn't told which one. I have a mechanic who will fix them for cheap but I am trying to find out if they have to be welded on or bloated on and should I change all three or just the front and back. I found the from and back on eBay for 500 bucks . Is that a good price