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How can you get the co2 down on a 92 bonneville? already replaced o2 sensor, fuel filter, catallytic converter. run several injector cleaners.

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Hi.
i know this may sound obvious, but have you changed the air filter.

this is the most common reason for high emissions on any vehicle, and is very often forgotten, especially on bikes.

also, make you get the engine and exhaust up to temperature before an emission test as the catalytic converter will not work until quite a high temoerature has been reached.
i take my vehicles for a 10 miles run before an emission test, and if i am waiting for too long before the test, i will start the engine about 5 minutes before the test is done to make sure everything is at the right temperature

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What does No ppm mean?failed e-test


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Overall Result: PASS or FAIL. A vehicle with a properly operating engine and catalytic converter will have very low HC and CO readings. However as a vehicle ages the HC and CO emissions will increase and may become erratic. As a vehicle ages it becomes increasingly important to be sure that the engine and converter are fully warmed up before the test to have the best chance of passing the test.

HC (PPM): The parts per million of hydrocarbons (unburned or partially burnt gasoline) in the exhaust.

CO (%): The percentage of the exhaust that is carbon monoxide (CO).

CO +CO2 (%): Complete combustion in the engine or catalytic converter will result in very little carbon monoxide (CO) and a high percentage (up to about 16%) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the exhaust.

O2 (%): When there is complete combustion in the engine or catalytic converter there is a very little oxygen (O2) in the exhaust. Usually less than one percent. A higher reading indicates a problem with the engine, the exhaust system, the sampling system or the catalytic converter. Vehicles do not pass or fail because of the O2 reading; it is only diagnostic information.

RPM: The engine speed in revolutions per minute (RPM) or N/A.

Cruise Limit: The maximum allowable HC and CO emissions at 2500 rpm. The CO+CO2 (%) must equal or exceed 6. This verifies an adequate sample of the exhaust has been obtained. N/A for O2 and RPM.

Cruise Emissions: The emission readings measured at 2500 rpm.

Cruise Result: PASS, FAIL or N/A.

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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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crank position sensor...if the engine will start and run for a second or two then it dies. If, however, you can press and hold the gas pedal slightly and keep the engine going, then I would suspect the IAC-idle air control valve. This can be cleaned with spray carb cleaner.

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You haven't tuned anything. Tune-ups went away in 1980 with the introduction of electronics.
Fuel filter -filters fuel
Injector cleaner-waste of money,on some fords, it will remove the coating on pintle and is not recommended
TPS Sensor,was replaced after you tested it ,and found it defective?
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Have you considered the EGR Valve,Vacuum Leaks,Old O2 Sensors,again,test first,then replace,blocked converter?

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There's a lot on any car that can cause loss in power.
A few of them are:
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Old oil or sludged oil
Bad Gas
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Loss of cylinder pressure or compression

I would start with the cheapest tests/fixes first
oil: if you haven't already and don't know the condition of your oil, change it. If your oil has sludge in it then you could have a leacking head gasket.

Next up, If your gas is bad fill the tank about half way and use lucus oil octane booster, and for a second half a tank pour in some seafoam engine cleaner. It will clean your fueling system, injectors, and pistons/chambers.

If those too don't help: get a compression test on the cylinders. Not expensive to have done, but could be expensive to fix if there is something wrong or the compression is leaking.

Next, go to a muffler shop and have your catalytic converter checked. A clogged or bad Catalytic converter may trap exhaust and keep it from exiting your exhaust system.
While your there you can have your O2 sensors checked.

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It's a lot, but my general rule of thumb for trouble shooting any issue with a car is to start with the cheapest fix and work your way up.


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