Re: 1999 cougar two diagnostic codes p0430 and po420
If you go to your public library they can give you the car repair manual to use and it will have to diagnostic codes listed, if that is any help to you, but i need to know what size tires are on that car. i just bought one and it needs tires badly, and i am not sure that the tires on it are right.
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Definition of Diagnostic Trouble Code P0420
Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1Note: This definition of P0420 is applied to all manufacturers
Definition of Diagnostic Trouble Code P0430
Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2Note: This definition of P0430 is applied to all manufacturers
As the code description implies the P0430 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 P0430 code is combined with other codes, try fixing the other codes first.
Hi Charlie, Diagnostic Test Codes (DTCs) P0420 and P0430 ar "Catalyst Efficiency" codes. These simply mean that the catalytic converters in your vehicle are not performing the way they should be. To fix these codes, you will most likely have to replace the converters. However, these codes do NOT indicate why your engine wil not start. There are many things that can cause an engine to not start. Many of which may or may not set fault codes. You need to determine if the engine is getting fuel and ignition first then go from there.
I hate to tell you this, but it is time to stick your hands DEEP into your pockets and get ready to spend the big bucks! Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) P0420 and P0430 are "catalyst efficiency below threshold" codes. The ONLY way to fix them is to replace your catalytic converters. If you also have any other codes, you must fix these FIRST, otherwise you will only destroy new converters as well.
Here is the trouble tree for that code it is most likely a bad cat but follow the trouble tree to see where it lead's you. DTC P0420 or P0430
* Perform the Diagnostic System Check - Vehicle prior to using this diagnostic procedure. See: Testing and Inspection\Initial Inspection and Diagnostic Overview\Diagnostic Starting Point - Vehicle * Review Strategy Based Diagnosis for an overview of the diagnostic approach. * Diagnostic Procedure Instructions provides an overview of each diagnostic category.
* Catalyst System Low Efficiency Bank 1
Important: A new converter with less than 100 miles on it may set DTC P0420 or P0430 due to out-******* of the internal matting. Operating the vehicle at highway speeds for approximately 1 hour may correct the condition. Hope this helps
Failed or faulty oxygen sensor, or faulty catalytic converter. It's actually the oxygen sensor reading that the catalytic converter is not functioning properly & needs relacement. That's provided the oxygen sensor is not faulty, which personally, I'd go for that first.
Both would explain excessive fuel usage.