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P0420

P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1

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Possible causes
- Three way catalyst converter Bank 1
- Exhaust tube
- Intake air leaks
- Fuel injectors may be faulty
- Fuel injector leaks
- Spark plugs may be faulty
- Improper ignition timing
- Engine Control Module (ECM)
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Tech notes
As the code description implies the P0420 code means that the vehicle's control module has detected that the three-way catalytic converter is not working properly (is not as efficient as the factory is expecting). Replacing the oxygen (O2) sensors may sometimes fix the code, but in most cases the catalytic convert needs to be replaced to fix the problem. If the P0420 code is combined with other codes, try fixing the other codes first.
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When is the code detected?
- Three way catalytic converter Bank 1 does not operate properly.
- Three way catalyst converter Bank 1 does not have enough oxygen storage capacity.
Symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
P0420 Description
The Engine Control Module (ECM) monitors the switching frequency ratio of heated oxygen sensors 1 (front O2 sensor) and heated oxygen sensors 2 (rear O2 sensor).
A three way catalyst converter (Manifold) with high oxygen storage capacity will indicate a low switching frequency of heated oxygen sensor 2. As oxygen storage capacity decreases, the heated oxygen sensor 2 switching frequency will increase.
When the frequency ratio of heated oxygen sensors 1 and 2 approaches a specified limit value, the three way catalyst malfunction is diagnosed.
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P0420 Information for specific makes
P0420 HONDA
P0420 NISSAN
P0420 SUBARU
P0420 TOYOTA
P0420 BUICK
P0420 LEXUS
P0420 INFINITI
P0420 ACURA
P0420 BMW
P0420 CHRYSLER
P0420 DODGE
P0420 JEEP
P0420 FORD
P0420 HYUNDAI
P0420 ISUZU
P0420 KIA
P0420 MAZDA
P0420 MITSUBISHI
P0420 VOLKSWAGEN
P0420 AUDI
P0420 CADILLAC
P0420 CHEVROLET
P0420 GMC
P0420 PONTIAC
P0420 SATURN
P0420 JAGUAR
P0420 2002 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2003 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2004 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2005 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2006 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2002 NISSAN SENTRA
P0420 2003 NISSAN SENTRA
P0420 2004 NISSAN SENTRA
P0420 2005 NISSAN SENTRA
P0420 2006 NISSAN SENTRA
P0420 MERCEDES-BENZ
P0420 2003 INFINITI G35
P0420 2005 INFINITI G35
P0420 2004 INFINITI G35
P0420 2006 INFINITI G35
P0420 SCION
P0420 2005 SCION XB
P0420 2006 SCION XB
P0420 2007 SCION XB
P0420 1997 TOYOTA CAMRY
P0420 1998 TOYOTA CAMRY
P0420 1999 TOYOTA CAMRY
P0420 2000 TOYOTA CAMRY
P0420 2001 TOYOTA CAMRY
P0420 2000 TOYOTA ECHO
P0420 2001 TOYOTA ECHO
P0420 2002 TOYOTA ECHO
P0420 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA
P0420 2005 NISSAN MAXIMA
P0420 2006 NISSAN MAXIMA
P0420 2007 NISSAN MAXIMA
P0420 2008 NISSAN MAXIMA
P0420 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2009 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2010 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2011 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 2012 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN
P0420 1997 FORD F150
P0420 1998 FORD F150
P0420 1999 FORD F150
P0420 2000 FORD F150
P0420 2001 FORD F150
P0420 2002 FORD F150
P0420 2003 FORD F150
P0420 2001 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2004 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2006 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
P0420 2007 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
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