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With a po422 code on a 2001 elantra do i replace the cat. conv. closest to the engine or the one closer to the muffler.

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You have a 2001, catalict converters are guaranteed for 20-30 years. Your code respresents a problem with your Co2 sensor, probably needs to be replaced or cleaned out real good

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

  • pipo1abi Nov 06, 2010

    i cleaned the sensor, the light stayed on for 3 days. when i went to replace the sensor noticed that my valve cover was leaking oil and that the manifold bolts were a bit loose. oil had gotten into my exhaust manifold and damaged the cat. conv. ended up replacing the exhaust manifold/cat. conv. the light went away on the way to work



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