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2002 Prius, check engine light stays on, diagnostic code "active emissions system fault". Dealer said to replace catalytic converter ($1600). CaRx mechanic laughed and said dealer didn't know what he was talking about-- check engine light almost always has to do with the intake, not the exhaust. I noticed there is no pressure/ vacuum release when I remove the gas cap. Next steps...?

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Well, i have good news and bad news.......in my research, there seems to be a common thread with the early Prius and the catalytic converter failing.......so for the dealer, I think they may be on the right track....now, with the Prius, the electronics that come with this car is astronomical, and it literally has 10-15 ecu's performing all tasks to keep it running right (the average petrol only car has 3-4)....so the diagnosis for them is very unique to put it lightly, and unless your mechanic specialises in them, I would not be investing too much time in his 'opinion'...you need to trust facts and I am sure that Toyota have put their $15,000 scan tool and checked the system and that is how they have come to the conclusion that the cat. converter is bad.......BUT $1600.00 is a high price to pay, I would be seeking a second opinion on these parts prices, as I said it is a comon issue, so a specialised exhaust shop SHOULD be able to assist you.......

The pressure release out of the gas cap is dependant on buildup...you would notice it more if you opened it on a hot day, and it would be considerably less on a cold day......you would notice it more on a petrol only car, because the fuel pump is running constantly, but the fuel pump is truened on and off in the prius as the engine demands it/....

I hope this helps

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P0422 Buick - Catalyst below threshold.

Catalytic converter is clogged or out of medium.

Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
Code P0422 indicates that the Bank 1 Main Catalytic Converter's emissions efficiency has fallen below the minimum allowable limit. This threshold is tracked by a Catalyst Monitoring Oxygen Sensor located on or near the outlet of the Catalytic Converter.

Symptoms

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* In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed

Common Problems That Trigger the P0422 Code

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* Engine misfires have damaged the Catalytic Converter
* Internal engine damage resulting in high oil consumption and/or a leaking Head gasket has damaged the Catalytic Converter

Common Misdiagnoses

* Oxygen Sensors are replaced when the real problem is a damaged Catalyst
* Catalyst is replaced when the real problem is internal engine damage, which is producing elevated emissions levels
* Catalyst is replaced when a misfiring engine is the real problem



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Catalytic converter is clogged or out of medium.

Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
Code P0422 indicates that the Bank 1 Main Catalytic Converter's emissions efficiency has fallen below the minimum allowable limit. This threshold is tracked by a Catalyst Monitoring Oxygen Sensor located on or near the outlet of the Catalytic Converter.

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Common Misdiagnoses

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The catalytic converter is like an after-burner. It oxidizes (burns) any residual fuel vapors (unburned hydrocarbons or HC) in the exhaust. It also burns any carbon monoxide (CO) in the exhaust. The exhaust must meet federal emission standards, and if a problem exists that causes emissions to exceed the federal limits by 150%, the OBD II system is supposed to catch the fault, set a code and turn on the Check Engine light.

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Catalytic converter is clogged or out of medium.

Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
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Symptoms

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* In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed

Common Problems That Trigger the P0422 Code

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* Engine misfires have damaged the Catalytic Converter
* Internal engine damage resulting in high oil consumption and/or a leaking Head gasket has damaged the Catalytic Converter

Common Misdiagnoses

* Oxygen Sensors are replaced when the real problem is a damaged Catalyst
* Catalyst is replaced when the real problem is internal engine damage, which is producing elevated emissions levels
* Catalyst is replaced when a misfiring engine is the real problem



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Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
Code P0422 indicates that the Bank 1 Main Catalytic Converter's emissions efficiency has fallen below the minimum allowable limit. This threshold is tracked by a Catalyst Monitoring Oxygen Sensor located on or near the outlet of the Catalytic Converter.

Symptoms

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* In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed

Common Problems That Trigger the P0422 Code

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* Engine misfires have damaged the Catalytic Converter
* Internal engine damage resulting in high oil consumption and/or a leaking Head gasket has damaged the Catalytic Converter

Common Misdiagnoses

* Oxygen Sensors are replaced when the real problem is a damaged Catalyst
* Catalyst is replaced when the real problem is internal engine damage, which is producing elevated emissions levels
* Catalyst is replaced when a misfiring engine is the real problem



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Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
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Symptoms

* Check Engine Light will illuminate
* In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed

Common Problems That Trigger the P0422 Code

* Defective Catalytic Converter
* Engine misfires have damaged the Catalytic Converter
* Internal engine damage resulting in high oil consumption and/or a leaking Head gasket has damaged the Catalytic Converter

Common Misdiagnoses

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