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P0420 fault code

I had a p0420 fault code come up when i had my car checked out at auto zone they said it was a Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1 what is this and how do i fix it? when you are driving and u r accelerating its like the car jerks back and it is real bad on hills

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Disconnecting the battery only for a few moments won't do anything the PCM has a back up battery inside to keep codes stored therefore you have to disconnect the battery anywhere from 1 to 2 hrs.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013

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    I recently had the same check engine light code come up and I just double and triple dosed my fuel tank with sea foam fuel injector cleaner when I only had around a quarter of a tank or less and it cleaned the oxygen sensors perfectly and I passed emissions with a breeze since my engine light hasn't returned. buy 4 cans of sea foam run the engine down to just under 1/4 tank put 2 bottles in run it almost empty and repeat as needed. have an auto parts store clear your engine light or dis connect the battery as well. take the relay out for the pcm and it automatically erases the engine light by the way. "P.C.M. Keep Alive Relay."

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You probably have to replace the catalytic converter

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SOURCE: catalyst efficiency bank 1 below threshold

before doing anything make sure you have to code for your radio if you have the antilock radio feature!
disconnect the battery wait a few moments I can only give this info for a quick fix this will reset the computer and if it was just a glitch it should be fine after this should it reacour it is a oxygen sensor

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SOURCE: code of PO174 1 system

hi,my friend, you can try,

Check for exhaust leaks at the manifold, pipes, catalytic converter. Repair as required.

Use a scope to diagnose the oxygen sensor operation (Tip: The oxygen sensor in front of the catalytic converter normally has a fluctuating waveform. The waveform of the sensor behind the converter should be more steady).

Inspect the downstream heated oxygen sensor (HO2), replace if necessary

Replace the catalytic converter

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