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Old 06-06-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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Cat bracket

Sorry about beating the dead horse but I have another issue with the cat bracket. I have seen some of the previous thread and they all seem to address the 2 part bracket that bolts to the engine. However, in my case the part that is welded to the cat itself has failed. The extensions on each side have failed and broken off. I was thinking of putting some strapping over the top of the remaining bracket and using the bolts to hold it down. Does anyone have any experience? Ideas? Since this is part of the cat does the dealer have to replace it under the exhaust warranty? How do you get to the bolts that hold the bracket in place on the car? Not sure how to get to that to remove it if further repairs are needed. Would I just be better off getting a high flow cat? sorry about all the questions. Thanks for any help


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You still have a warranty????
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Way back when I had a cat on mine, the brackets failed so i just simply took them off and threw them away.... worked fine.
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I took the bracket completley out and left it out.. Haven't had any problems yet.


Hell if it falls out, its just an excuse to get a high-flow cat, and a better exhaust.
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I mentioned the "warranty" earlier. Most vehicles have different emissions warranties. I think due to EPA regulation. The emissions performance and defect warrany for our cars is 8 years 80k miles. The catalytic converter is an included part. Also included are the brackets. I wonder if Ford is required to repair or replace this bracket and/or the Cat per this warranty? Does anyone know??
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My cat bracket broke at 41k.. it basically rusted to nothing and was making a miserable noise just off idle.. I took it to the dealer to have it replaced, because looking at the size of cat I didn't want to leave it unsupported. They installed the new bracket, but because the mounting points on the cat itself had rusted off, they wanted to replace the cat, flexpipe, O2 sensor, $250 repair went to $1800. Told them to leave the bracket on the there and run a metal strap (one of the ones with the screw you turn to tighten it) around the cat then back to the bracket.. They said it wouldn't hold up, well 40K miles later, no rattle, and that strap is doing just fine.. When that goes, I'm swapping in a HFC..

The dealer wouldn't honor the "emissions warranty" because they said the part failed because it rusted, and that rust isn't covered under warranty, especially in Texas.. If I hadn't been exhausted from dealing with the dealer calling me everyother hour with "it's going to cost this much now" I would have fought it..
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Way back when I had a cat on mine, the brackets failed so i just simply took them off and threw them away.... worked fine.
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I took the bracket completley out and left it out.. Haven't had any problems yet.


Hell if it falls out, its just an excuse to get a high-flow cat, and a better exhaust.
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Just remove that worthless bracket. I have had no problems since I removed the entire bracket, or what was left of it anyways.

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My cat bracket broke at 41k.. it basically rusted to nothing and was making a miserable noise just off idle.. I took it to the dealer to have it replaced, because looking at the size of cat I didn't want to leave it unsupported. They installed the new bracket, but because the mounting points on the cat itself had rusted off, they wanted to replace the cat, flexpipe, O2 sensor, $250 repair went to $1800. Told them to leave the bracket on the there and run a metal strap (one of the ones with the screw you turn to tighten it) around the cat then back to the bracket.. They said it wouldn't hold up, well 40K miles later, no rattle, and that strap is doing just fine.. When that goes, I'm swapping in a HFC..

The dealer wouldn't honor the "emissions warranty" because they said the part failed because it rusted, and that rust isn't covered under warranty, especially in Texas.. If I hadn't been exhausted from dealing with the dealer calling me everyother hour with "it's going to cost this much now" I would have fought it..
I know the dealer put two of those pipe clamps around my cat's heat shield like 80,000 miles ago and they are still holding up lol. I've been rattle-free as well. Especially since I removed the POS cat bracket.
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I don't have the same problem with my cat bracket but it is splitting near the engine. Wrapping a massive strap that tightens is probably what the doctor ordered! Knowing my luck, the bolts are seized and I'll never be able to remove the bracket to replace it.
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