Ford 3.0L Vulcan engine, CARB standards. 118000 miles, elevation 5000
I have been running for some time with a P0430 code (Bank 2 catalyst
efficiency below threshold), with no apparent degradation of engine
performance. It passed an emission test one week before this code
showed up. I've been reluctant to fix this problem, since it is very
likely a high-priced catalytic converter replacement costing more than
I now have a P0156 code showing also (Bank 2 sensor 2 circuit
malfunction). The idle when in gear slowed slightly and had an abrupt
stumble when this code showed up today. It ran fine the rest of the
way after the event.
Originally, I understood that the catalyst efficiency code had nothing
to do with engine fuel dynamics. But now I'm wondering if it is
affecting fuel trim, especially with the failed sensor. The bad side
of the catalyst probably fouled the sensor.
Should this combination problem be repaired as soon as possible? Is
it possible to do engine damage with an incorrect mixture caused by
the failed sensor?
Thanks for any input.