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Fails the NO ppm test in 1999 cavalier. Already replaced catalytic converter and O2 sensor.No EGR valve. Any ideas?

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A couple of things; you can't have any leaks in the exhaust system, in front of the cat, and you must have the correct mixture going into the engine. The cat must have at least .45% CO going into it in order to reduce NOx. Make sure you have the correct fuel pressure, good fuel filter, and the engine is not running too hot when you take the test. In fact you may want to try a cooler thermostat. The oxygen sensor is only a fuel trim device, the bulk of the systems fuel control is dictated by the MAF and MAP sensor if it has one. Bottom line; your engine is running too lean or there is air getting into the exhaust system before the cat. You may want to try another MAF sensor if you know the other factors are good. If you have access to a gas analyzer, drill a pre-cat hole and check pre-cat CO under load, at least .45% is critical.

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These are the possible problems:

bad o2 sensor
bad EGR valve
bad cat
bad timing
dirty injectors
bad plugs or wires
the less costly fixes include replacement of the o2 sensor and EGR valve i would not clean the EGR I would buy a new one there are very cheap you can pick these up at any local parts store .
also run some injector cleaner through your car at least a full tank of gas and one bottle of injector cleaner should be ran through.
you can also have your timing checked for a relatively low price.
and when you go into to have the vehicle checked make sure the car is been running because your cat convertor has to be warm in order to preform at it peak so do not do it when the car is cold.
all of the above are pretty reasonable fixes the general rule of thumb when you work on your own vehicle is start with the cheapest fix first then go on to the next.

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