99 Taurus needs converter?

My 99 Taurus 3.0 ohv conked out for a while when driving on a hot summer day. Sometimes it smells after I park it. Has the converter gone bad at 166k miles?

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I have the same problems. After a few miles on my bike on a hot day, I smell, too.
Perhaps if you describe the smell, that would help.
However, unless you have a check engine light on (assuming that your light works), it is unlikely to be the cat.
Which 3 litre engine is it? There is a Duratec engine and the Vulcan engine. Both were 3 litres. The Duratec engine has 24 valves and the Vulcan has 12 valves.
Jeff
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If the problem that caused it to conk out were the cat, I would expect that it were blocked up. A blocked up cat will also cause the engine to overheat, because the hot gases don't leave the engine fast enough.
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Yes, I've had the blocked converter on another car. That occured after the engine began burning oil. That isn't a problem here but the car does have 166,000 miles..
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