1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2.4l. Had misfire problem first, replacing the ignition parts fixed problem. But, catalytic converter went bad. Replaced converter and front and rear o2 sensors. Then gas cap for evap leak. Now have a p0420 code.
Is it the converter or rear o2 sensor? Or something else? Mass airflow or map sensor? Thanks for your help, if you could respond soon it would really help me. Because I think the shop that replaced the catalytic is trying to get out of warranty. Thanks
Answer: Since you seem to be in a bind, i will help now. We were all taking a break for a while, its been busy. P0420 is cut and dry 'catalytic Converter Inefficient' 99% of the time it IS the converter.
Have only had 1 bad post cat. O2 sensor cause this in the last 10 years. If the post cat. O2 is bad, it will set a code for 02 sensor, not usually catalytic Inefficient.
Problem with my 2001/ Pontiac / Grand Am2.4 L. Changed spark plugs. The car intermittently misses under normal driving conditions every once in a while. Changing the spark plugs makes it go away but a day or so later it comes back.
Answer: If changing the plugs helps, i would look closely at the plugs that were removed. Make sure they all seem the same color. If one is oil fouled, or looks a little greenish or orange (depending on which coolant is in the system at this time) this would indicate an internal engine problem. If one is totally black, this would indicate a rich fuel condition which may be caused by a faulty injector or is more than one is black, then i would suspect a leaking fuel pressure regulator. MORE...