Catalytic converters can go bad and potentially plug the exhaust, hurting engine efficiency and performance.
Car Problem Reports
Ford F-350 Catalytic converters may go bad and plug exhaust
Ford F-350 Problem
Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 7.5L V8
Average Mileage: 58,333 mi (16,000 mi - 110,000 mi)
Visitor, 1993 Ford F-350, 49,000 mi
Bogged down. overheating. very poor performance. Eventually could only get up to 5 miles per hour. disconnected catalytic converter. problem went away. Replaced catalytic converter. works great now.
Visitor, 1992 Ford F-350, 110,000 mi
Cat plugged. Engine died and would not run. Loosened the exhaust to drive to muffler shop. New cat cost an arm and leg because it is a special one. Haven't had the problem since.