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Old 03-02-2014, 09:55 PM
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I am in texas and we had a 40 degree change in temperature today. P0430 code comes up from autozone. I bought it on Saturday. It has 116000 miles on it. I am thinking about replacing all 02 sensors to try this first. This is the only code that came up. Oil is clean and does not smell. I have driven it about 200 miles. I am going to seafoam or run several tanks of techron through it too as I know it can be from fuel. How sensitive are the 02 sensors?


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Also passenger window button will roll the window down but it automatically goes back up. only with the passenger switch and it does not work every time. Sometime it takes 3 pushes to get it to react at all. Driver's button controls it flawlessly. Any ideas on this one?
 
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:35 AM
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There is one primary Air/Fuel Sensor ($$) and two secondary (aft of cat) O2 sensors. Replacing these is unlikely to fix your problem. You would be better off spending money on a bolt-in replacement converter.

There are extensive diagnostics to confirm converter efficiency is the problem. See honda shop manual (automanualsource.com download for $22).

I would return to the seller and ask for a credit (cost of OEM converter is $500 + shipping) as this problem did not suddenly appear. It was there when car was sold. Code was reset and car sold to you. Firm but polite insistence may get results.

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I have already been in communication and they seem to be cooperative so far but are looking to replace with aftermarket. I know I need a honda. I am using polite cooperation at this point but may move to the next level.

Aren't bad catalytic converters a sign of fuel or oil getting into the exhaust? Would it not be a good idea to change my 02 sensors as well? I don't understand this process very well. It has 116,000 on it and I plan on running it well past 200,000.

Any other recommendations...fuel cleaners, etc...?
 
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:26 PM
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A bad converter can happen due to poor maintenance; spark plugs old leading to excessive missing that is not promptly attended; unmetered fuel leaks due to fuel injector problems or faulty fuel pressure regulator.

It would help to look at the DTC event capture data; long term fuel trim, short term fuel trim, etc to see if these suggest a possible fault that might contribute to converter failure.

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