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Old 10-05-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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is it a clogged cat?

So my check engine light is on, went to autozone they did the reader thing with the codes, turns out to be a clogged cat, atleast thats what the code says. Im having no running issues, im getting the same mpg, there isnt any kind of a smell and there is pressure comming out the back tail light? I already tried reseting it and it came back on for clogged cat. is it possible the cats clogged even though im not experiencing any symptons of if


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Old 10-05-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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What was the code? There is no code for a clogged cat.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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What was the code? There is no code for a clogged cat.
^This.
If DTC code turns out to be the one shown below, it may simply indicate the cat is no longer doing its job of cleaning the exhaust gases; it doesn't necessarily mean the cat is clogged or physically damaged. In that case, it won't affect how the car runs but you won't pass an emissions test with it. Investigate and eliminate all other possible causes before replacing a catalyst as the part can be expensive.


P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)
Indicates Bank 1 catalyst system efficiency is below the acceptable threshold
Causes:
Use of leaded fuel
Damaged HO2S
Malfunctioning ECT
High fuel pressure
Damaged exhaust manifold
Damaged catalytic converter
Oil contamination
Cylinder misfiring
Downstream HO2S wires improperly connected
Damaged exhaust system pipe
Damaged muffler/tailpipe assembly
Retarded spark timing
Compare HO2S upstream and downstream switch rate and amplitude. Under normal closed loop fuel conditions, high efficiency catalysts have oxygen storage which makes the switching frequency of the downstream HO2S very slow and reduces the amplitude of those switches as compared to the upstream HO2S. As catalyst efficiency deteriorates, its ability to store oxygen declines and the downstream HO2S signal begins to switch more rapidly with increase amplitude, approaching the switching rate and amplitude of the upstream HO2S. Once beyond an acceptable limit the DTC is set.
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