Question about 2003 Honda Element
The code po420 is the cat efficencey which means the cat is bad but it could be a bad sensor, you will need to have the o2 sensors checked to see but lots of techs say a good tech should know if an o2 is bad but i will tell you i have had some that test good and end up being bad. they tested good at the time i checked them, a good rule that i follow any car with over 80,000 miles on it with a bad converter gets new o2 sensors, this is to help customer and us from comebacks, a weak or slow o2 will destroy the new converter, it may test good at the time of the new converter but then a few months down the road it gets lazy and after a while some ones not going to be happy having to buy another converter after just doing one a few months ago or even a year ago, seen it ,done it, many times,if i were you i would replace the o2 sensors and reset the light and go from there , if light stays out good if not replace the converter, all you are doing is doing it in two steps and you may get lucky and not have to replace the converter good luck.
Posted on Mar 19, 2011
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