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KIA OPTIMA SENSOR PROBLEM

2006 Kia Optima • 100,000 miles

Early 06 optima 4 cyl. Code po420 cat. Below eff. Threshold bank 1

replaced both coil packs a couple months ago due to misfiring, could this have damaged the cat. Converter or rear O2 sensor. Neither one are cheap and trying not to guess too much. Local shop checked evap system and found no problems. Of course won't pass inspection now.

any insite appreciated
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February 4, 2013.



The two problems could be related but it is unlikely. You would have to have a misfire condition caused by the ignition coil. That would send unburned fuel into the exhaust system where the catalytic converter would burn it. Too much fuel will cause it to overheat. Over a period of time the catalyst could melt and become plugged. The typical symptom is low power due to the restricted exhaust. In this case the converter just isn't doing what it's supposed to do anymore. That's what the rear O2 sensor is there to detect. Since the fault code refers to the converter's efficiency, don't expect to have to replace the sensor that made that report. A different type of fault code would have been set if the sensor itself had a problem.

Caradiodoc
Feb 4, 2013.