How to Remove the Catalytic Converter on a 1987 Ford Bronco

Removing the catalytic converter from your Ford Bronco will allow for replacement of the converter if it is failing or has significant damage. The converter is in the exhaust system, just after the head pipe and ahead of the muffler, though it may be more toward one of the other. The catalytic converter becomes extremely hot during engine operation; do not attempt to remove it until it has had significant time to cool.

Tools Used: Jack, Jack stands, Socket set, Ratchet

Remove Catalytic Converter

Position a jack under the front of the Bronco and raise it off the ground. Place a set of jack stands under the frame rails to support the truck, then lower the jack and allow the Bronco to settle onto the stands.

Slide under the passenger's side of the truck and locate the catalytic converter from underneath. Locate the flange at the rear of the converter where it meets the muffler or intermediate pipe. Remove the two bolts from the flange with a socket and ratchet and separate the flange.

Move forward and locate the mounting flange at the front of the converter. Remove the bolts from the flange and again, separate the flange halves.

Slide the rubber isolator that supports the converter off the support pin and lower the converter down to the ground. Slide it out from under the Bronco.

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