Have a 1997 E150 conversion with the 5.4 engine. The catalytic converter is clanging and needs replaced. Wondering if we can use the 48 state universal to replace it & what do we need to watch for?

Asked by Jan 13, 2016 at 06:05 PM about the 1997 Ford E-150 STD Econoline

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Have found that a replacement can cost anywhere from $65 to $900. Currently have little money to fix it with. We know a typical shop will charge close to $1000 for parts and labor. Have a place that will weld it for $80 if we get the part. Don't have to have CA emissions so hoping to save with aftermarket part.

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If you are in California then you need to use a California model converter. A grand is way too high for one converter.

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Even if you're not in California you may have California Emissions. Check the emissions decal under the hood. A Federal Emissions converter will not work on a California Emissions vehicle. My '03 S-10 Pick Up, originally delivered to Delaware, has California Emissions. My '00 Grand Prix, originally delivered to New Jersey, has California Emissions as well. You can use a universal converter, if you have California Emissions, as long as the new converter is C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board) compliant. I did exactly that on my '00 Grand Prix two years ago and it's been fine. HTH. -Jim

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