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Catalytic converter failure

What type of symptoms occur when your catalytic converter is failing? Mine idle's poorly, occasionally surges, the check engine light is on. We have replaced all of the oxygen sensors, tuned it up, replaced the fuel filter, I could go on and on about everything we've replaced.

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    puttering sound, PO430 code, one event of smelling rotten egg, check engine light flashing. Spark plug change had no effect. What is likely problem and approximate expense?

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    catalytic converter symptoms


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Smells like rotten eggs and often rattles

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Catalytic converter is clogged or out of medium.

Replace it.


Fault Code Definition
Code P0422 indicates that the Bank 1 Main Catalytic Converter's emissions efficiency has fallen below the minimum allowable limit. This threshold is tracked by a Catalyst Monitoring Oxygen Sensor located on or near the outlet of the Catalytic Converter.


* Check Engine Light will illuminate
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Common Misdiagnoses

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* Catalyst is replaced when the real problem is internal engine damage, which is producing elevated emissions levels
* Catalyst is replaced when a misfiring engine is the real problem

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