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How do you remove a catalytic converter from a 1989 Ford Thunderbird?


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2014-10-07 02:14:09
2014-10-07 02:14:09

First make sure the car is cool. Then you will need to get under your Thunderbird and remove the clamps that hold the catalytic converter in place between two lengths of exhaust pipe. You will then be able to remove the converter.


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There is one and it is before the catalytic converter.

It does not have an egr valve it has a 3 way catalytic converter.

It is in the exhaust pipe immediately behind the engine.

It varies between 90-140.00 depending on the parts store.

With the help of a belt driven air pump on the front of the engine, fresh air is pumped into the catalytic converter via the small tubes. The fresh air helps the catalytic converter burn gases in the exhaust and clean up the emissions.

To remove the back seat on a 1989 Ford Thunderbird, the first step is to remove the back of the seat. The back is held in by bolts on each side. After the back is removed, the seat area should come out after removing the floor bolts.

Should be right before the catalytic converter. Mine is a 1988 and that's where it's at.

I dont quite understand the question, but if it is what i think it is, then the reason a catalytic converter heats up very hot is because it is a component that uses exhaust fumes, and ehaust fumes are hot as they are the end result of an explosion that happened in the engine, therefore heating up its surroundings and making the catalytic converter hot. a catalytic converter glowing red is normal, and even in my 50cc moped (which was new) the catalytic converter glowed red, so for one in a car engine, that doesnt surprise me (far more exhaust fumes).

Hmmmmm...... guess no one has...... the converter is more of a enviromentle piece of work it will not do any harm if removed.just run the pipe right back to the muffler

There is a CEL, Check Engine Light, on the 1989 Thunderbird.

I have a 1986 Mazda familia/323, whose heat light is on. I was told it was the catalytic converter that has collapsed. Infact it had and I dismantled the exhaust system and found bits of the catalytic in the muffler. I dismantled the rest of the system and found where the converter was. I removed all the catalytic and reassembled the exhaust. Guess what? the light is still on! So I am still ssearching for more info.

check your catalytic converter to see if its plugged as this will cause the engine to die. good luk,ozzy

Bell housing bolts and the torque converter bolts.

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It's possible that the catalytic converter is restricted. A good repair shop should be able to find out.

Oxygen sensors on a 1989 Toyota SR5 and located near the catalytic converter. The sensors read the emissions from the vehicle so the ECU knows ho much fuel to run in the engine.

At least some Aerostars (like the 1990 3 liter) do not have an EGR valve, they use a 3 way catalytic converter.

On my 1994 Thunderbird, it's inside the left fender. I had to remove the splash shield to get to it. The 1991 is probably the same since all Thunderbirds from 1989 to 1997 used the same body platform.

All Oxygen Sensors are located in the exhaust eitherbefore or after the catalytic converter. Your O2 sensor may not be defective as a vacuum leak can cause the code.

behind the engine in the transmission tunnel...

Remove the driveshafts, unbolt the transfer case, unbolt the transmission from the bell housing. Disconnect any sensors. If it's an automatic, Unbolt the torque converter.

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