Identifying Scrap Ford Catalytic Converters & Common Serial Numbers

Posted: January 3, 2023

With the most popular vehicles in the US (the F150, of course) in Ford’s fleet, we have seen many makes, sizes, and grades of catalytic converters from the Ford company. Ford is one of the best car manufacturers for putting serial codes onto the catalytic converters- but also one of the most confusing ones.

Common Catalytic Converters We Scrap:

  • F150
  • F250
  • F350
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Raptor

Common Ford Serial Numbers start with 5E212

They like having 9-14 digit serial codes that are usually broken into three parts. These different parts could confuse you when finding the correct code, so we ask you to send all the parts on the cat to help expedite quoting.

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Ford is also well known for having most of their cars with at least 2-4 cats (sometimes 6!) on them. Many of the sets will include two pre- cats and two primary cats. Both of these will have serial codes, and it is also smart to send all of the codes, not parts of each. This will allow for a quicker quoting process and more accurate prices.

You can see their logo or FoMoCo (Ford Motor Company):

The Ford Cats have shields with dots and slots, giving you a good idea that you have a Ford Catalytic Converter.

Ford has multiple codes on its catalytic converters.

Example: “5E212” looks like a code but is generally a very generic number for them. After the 5E212, other numbers on the catalytic converter will enable you to identify your converter.

Common Ford Catalytic Converter Serial Numbers

4 Digit – 5 Digit – 2 Digit

Examples: 5E212 F4TA AD

XF1C – 5F250 – HB


Common Scrap Ford Catalytic Converters:

  • Serial #: XL345E214JD – Ford F150
  • Serial #: 2L2A5E242VA – Ford Explorer
  • Serial #: F4A23AA – Ford Grande Marquis
  • Serial #: YL3C5G218AA – Ford Expedition
  • Serial #: F7CC – Ford Escort
  • Serial #: 1F1C5E212BA – Ford Taurus

Our Team May Also Call Them “Torpedos”

Ford Catalytic Converters could also be qualified as “torpedo” converters and are typically much larger than regular catalytic converters. These torpedo units are going to have very distinct shapes and designs. You can learn more about Ford Torpedo Catalytic Converters here.


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