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P0420 Ford

Author: fordobdcodes/Categories: Ford OBD-II Codes/Time: 2013-11-10 09:29
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Ford P0420 OBD-II Trouble Code Definition:

P0420 Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1

P0420 Ford OBD-II Trouble CodeDescription:

OBD Trouble Code P0421
Warm Up Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold
What does the code mean? OBD-ii Code P0421 definition:
Basically this means that the oxygen sensor downstream of the catalytic converter on bank 1 is detecting that the converter is not working as efficiently as it should be (according to specs). It is part of the vehicle emissions system.
Symptoms Sumptoms of OBD code P0421
You will likely not notice any drivability problems, although there may be symptoms. The code may be more likely to occur after the engine has had numerous cold starts in the past 1-2 days.
Causes Causes of the OBD-II code P0421
A code P0421 may mean that one or more of the following has happened: The catalytic converter is no longer functioning properly An oxygen sensor is not reading (functioning) properly A sparkplug is fouled up
Solutions Measure the voltage at the oxygen sensor on Bank 1 (the rear sensor, or the sensor after the converter). In fact, it would be a good idea to test each oxygen O2 sensor while you’re at it. One thing to note is that many vehicle manufacturers offer a longer warranty on emissions-related parts. So if you have a newer car but it’s out of it’s bumper-to-bumper warranty, there still may be warranty on this type of problem. Many manufacturers give a five year, unlimited mileage warranty on these items. It’s worth checking into.
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