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Trouble code PO420 reading shows bank 1 catalytic converter below threshold . Is bank 1 on the right or left?

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Bank one is always the same side of the engine as the number one cylinder. Bank 2 is always the other side.

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- Engine Control Module (ECM) Tech notes The most common cause it the three way catalyst converter Bank 1. Changing just the O2 sensor usually don't repair the problem. If the P0420 code is combined with other codes, try fixing the other codes first.

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Code of PO174 1 system too lean (bank 1) Code PO420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold (bank 1) Code PO430 Catalyst efficiency below threshold (bank 2)


hi,my friend, you can try,

Check for exhaust leaks at the manifold, pipes, catalytic converter. Repair as required.

Use a scope to diagnose the oxygen sensor operation (Tip: The oxygen sensor in front of the catalytic converter normally has a fluctuating waveform. The waveform of the sensor behind the converter should be more steady).

Inspect the downstream heated oxygen sensor (HO2), replace if necessary

Replace the catalytic converter

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My 2000 Cadillac Deville engine light on. Engine code PO420


Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)

A code PO420 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
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  • The engine coolant temperature sensor is not working properly
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  • The oxygen sensors in front and behind the converter are reporting too similar of reading

  • Check for exhaust leaks at the manifold, pipes, catalytic converter. Repair as required.
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possible causes for code po420 airleaks at the exhaust manifold or in the exhaust pipes,base engine problems high engine oil or coolant usage,catalytic converter is damaged contaminated or has failed,continuos engine misfire conditions or weak or low coil out put,front HO2s or rear HO2s is contaminated with fuel or moisture,rear HO2s is loose in the mounting hole,front HO2s older aged than the rear HO2s or HO2s 1 - 2 is lazy.

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Need to pass emissions test, dianostic test - Catalyst efficiency blow threshold (bank 1) tried to order part - now I need to know if it pre or post, left or right Oxygen sensor, can it be determined by...


Yes it can be determined by the DTC (Data Trouble code). If the DTC is P0420 (catalyst system efficiency below threshold Bank-1) then the side of the engine with the #1 spark plug and cylinder is always Bank-1, and the O2 sensor that monitors the catalyst efficiency is usually after or (post) of the catalytic converter.

The #1 cylinder is located at the front spark plug on the right or the passenger side of the vehicle, so Bank-1 is on the right side of the vehicle, and the O2 sensor that monitors the catalyst efficiency should be located after or (post) of the catalytic converter. It would be the post right O2 sensor.

There is also the possibility that the catalytic converter is actually starting to fail, and if changing the O2 sensor and clearing the DTC does not solve the problem them the catalytic converter is most likely faulty.

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PO420 code is for catalyst system efficiency below threshold (bank 1) Usually it means that it is time for a new catalytic converter on bank number 1. Cylinder bank number 1 is always the bank with the number 1 spark plug in it.

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The PO420 means that the Catalyst System has an Issue'

The actual error is

"Catalyst system below Threshold (bank 1)"

As mentioned above, the code's description is Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1). OK, now tell me that again in plain English please.... let's break it down: the catalyst system being referred to is your three-way catalytic converter; so the catalytic converter is not working properly (i.e. it's not efficient). Bank 1 refers to the side of the engine which contains cylinder #1. On inline engines such as 4 & 5 cylinder engines, there is only one bank. So, to really simply things let's just say that the efficiency of the catalytic converter and/or exhaust pipe and/or O2 sensor is not so great.

There are a number of things that could be causing this p0420 catalyst efficiency code. The most common thing is the catalytic converter itself is no longer functioning properly. The other likely thing is the rear O2 (oxygen) sensor is no longer working properly. Other things could include exhaust leaks, damaged exhaust pipes, damaged O2 sensor wiring/connectors, plugged catalytic converter, etc.

You can search for the Information on the web. Just type in the actual error above into you fav search engine!

Hope that helps...

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Check engine light on.


the problem is with the catalytic converter, there is a specific emission threshold that the exhaust must maintained. when it falls below this, you get this code. i just had to replace my converter for the same problem

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