I have a 1998 Chevy Venture with a code po420 set. I have replaced both
oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter. The code was cleared by the
muffler shop when they replaced the converter and stayed off for about one
month. It came back this week. Does anyone have any ideas on what could
be wrong? I know this code is telling me about the converter not operating
at peak efficiency.
Just the PO420. The van has 185,000 miles and the spark plugs have not been
changed, could this affect the cat? The van runs great, no missing,
hesitation and gets good gas mileage. My wife informed me last night the
SES light had gone off. I am not very confident it will stay off, however.
Search google, there are other people that had this problem. If you replaced
the cat and the sensor, and then the code came back a month later maybe
there is something messing up the sensor or cat. Coolant, fuel, oil, etc.
Could be another bad sensor causing a rich fuel mixture which will eat cats
in a hurry. I would have the vehicle checked by the dealer.
It is amazing how many people just throw parts at a problem instead of
analyzing it properly. A good technician with an OBD2 tester can check most
of the sensors and performance of the engine so the correct parts are
replaced. Stop guessing and have it checked....
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