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Ford Freestyle Catalytic Converter and Fuel Filter
friends of ours have a 2005 FS Limited ,85.000miles, and it recently broke down. Diagnosis: one of the three catalytic converters (c.c.) is defective. Since it takes the dealership 2 months to get a replacement the mechanic made a hole in the c.c.(?) to tide them over until then.
My qx: Is it really that difficult to get a replacement c.c. that it takes 2+ months?
Also, they had their check engine light on for a long time, when they brought it to the dealership they were told it was nothing but in hindsight (bringing it to an independent mechanic) learned that a seal had "fallen off".
2nd qx: Could replacing the seal earlier have prevented the broken c.c.?
My 3rd qx: Our friends were also told that it is impossible to get replacement fuel filters for the FS, they are not available anymore since Ford stopped manufactoring FS and Taurus. Is this true??
Thanks for your input,