1998 Ford Ranger

Tiny
FFVEGT
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  • 1998 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
  • 148,000 MILES
Hi, in the past few months my gas mileage has taken a big dive, from 320 miles per tank to under 300. I have noticed a lot of jerking when I accelerate as well as a loss in power when I accelerate from a stand still. Someone said it might be the catalytic converter. Any advice? Also if it is the catalytic converter how hard is it to replace?
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 10:33 AM

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Tiny
JOE F
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The converter isn't that hard to replace, but they are expensive. Make sure that is the problem before doing it. Most common symptom of a bad converter is loss of power and they will get so hot that they will glow red.

Has the check engine light come on?

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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I have just lost the power and gas mileage. The check engine light hasn't come on. I was talking to others and they suggested changing the spark plug wires. I changed spark plugs about 10,000 miles ago. What do you think?
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 3:15 PM

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