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Got it scanned and it's P0420: Catalyst efficiency below thresholdbank 1. They said it could be a bad catalytic converter or oxygen sensor. I borrowed a scanner and tried to measure the oxygen sensor readings over time.Sep 8, 2011
I'm not sure you understand the difinition of OBD2 fault code P0420, it means that Catalytic converter in the exhaust that is connected to the engine cylinder bank that contains number one engine cylinder has fallen below the a allowed threshold of cleaning pollunts from the engines exhaust stream. I would be more specific but you have not given model or year of the Mercury you have.
Here is the full difinition of OBD2 fault code P0420 from the factory service information system.
P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)
- Three way catalyst converter worn out - Intake air leaks - Fuel injectors may be faulty - Fuel injector leaks - Spark plugs may be faulty - Improper ignition timing - Engine Control Module