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I have a 1999 saturn dedan. i put the obd 2 computer on it and it tells me the catalyst defiency is below threshold. what does this mean?

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That has to do with the catalytic converter - which is part of the exhaust system..

It is likely that it needs to be replaced..

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What means catalyst Efficiency below normal


      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

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Jan 26, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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I get OBD codes P0420 and P0430



P0420 and P0430

P0420 means Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold, Bank 1

P0430 means Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold, Bank 2

It means that the O2 sensors are good, and the O2 sensors are telling you that your catalytic converter, in the exhaust system is not working fine, as its emissions are polluting the air too much.

The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system. The way to test this part is by doing an emission test. The two OBD codes that you are getting are already a test telling you that the converter must be replaced, unless an emission test done at a garage says the opposite.

This kind of problem will trigger the check engine light, and your car will also waste too much fuel.
You also risk to get in trouble if the car goes through an Air Pollution control, as the car won't pass an emission test in this condition.

To conclude, the Catalyst System must be replaced, the O2 Sensors are fine.

This is a repair that should be done at a garage, however you can find DIY instructions here:How to Replace a Catalytic Converter or you can get more detailed instructions, and step by step illustrated procedure purchasing a repair manual.

on May 27, 2009 | 2003 Chrysler 300M

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In laymens terms what does catalyst system efficiency below threshold bank 1 mean?


Could either be an O2 Sensor going bad or that the Catalytic Converter needs to be replaced. There should of been a P code that goes with it. Here is a page on a similar issue: P0420 OBD II Trouble Code

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What do these codes mean ? po430 po420 po306 for mercury cougar 1999


P0430 code is(catalyst efficiency below threshold on bank 2)
P0420 code is((catalyst efficiency below threshold on bank 1)
P0306 code is(cylinder 6 misfire detected)

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Code p0420


Repair information for the OBD-II trouble code P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1) Probably needs a catalytic converter

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer What is Catalyst Efficiency Below (Bank


it means the catalyst is worn out, the efficiency is monitored by sensors, when the Cat falls below a certain reading or "threshold" the code is generating telling u that u need a new catalytic converter.

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I had my car inspected and received P0420 code? what does it mean?


P0420 Error Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1) Repair information for the OBD-II trouble code P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)
www.obd-codes.com/p0420

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Error coce P0420 on OB-2 scanner


P0420 = Catalyst System Efficiency Below ThresholdCatalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold. This means that the secondary O2 sensor detects that the catalytic converter isn't working as efficiently as it should. This engine code can be triggered by any one of the following:

1.) The catalyst in the catalytic converter is cracked, clogged, or otherwise damaged.
2.) The secondary O2 sensor is malfunctioning.
3.) There is an exhaust leak.
4.) The computer unit is faulty

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