Airbag and check engine light turned on

Tiny
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  • 2013 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 66,000 MILES
But when I drive from time to time the check engine light turns on and off but the airbag light stays on. My car has previously been in an accident the the airbag was replaced but the light is still on. My question is, if I go and purchase a code reader to erase the code for the airbag and check engine light with the code erase and never show up or will it erase for sometime and pop up once again?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:34 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

You can go to a parts store and have the codes read for free. Once I know the codes, I can narrow the area of failure.

Do not clear the codes. That does nothing. There is an issue that must be diagnosed, repairs made and then the codes can be cleared.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:58 AM
Tiny
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Hello, I just went to an auto shop for the code read and the only thing that showed up was the check engine light and it s a code P0420. They said I need to replace catalytic converter, but it s cost about $400.00 for the part alone. So is there anything I can do because I m not trying to pay that much. Also, what should I do about the airbag light that s on? Do you know how I would get charged to reset the airbag light?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 8:32 AM
Tiny
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They needed to access the airbag system for the code. They should have been able to read that.

As far as the catalytic converter, yes, you need one. I attached the part for you from Rock Auto. They run around $220.00 for the part and one hour for the labor.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 8:42 AM
Tiny
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Thank you. Is there a link to see catalytic converter for my car? The guy at AutoZone offered me to try a product called Cataclean for the code P0420 to see if it fixes the problem. Any idea if this is a good product?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 8:49 AM
Tiny
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No, that junk never works at all.

I attached an actual picture of the catalytic converter for you.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 8:56 AM
Tiny
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Okay, one more thing since my car is less that 67k are I m covered under the federal emissions warranty? I have a 2013 Honda Accord that I purchased used I see online people say that if I have less that 70k or my car is 7 years old it s protected under the federal emissions warranty is this true?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 9:44 AM
Tiny
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That is correct. Your car would be covered under the factory warranty.

I hope they did not clear the check engine light. If they did, you will need to wait until it comes back on again and then take it in.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 9:59 AM
Tiny
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But I didn t purchase my car from a Honda dealership does that matter? Or I m still protected under the warranty?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 10:04 AM
Tiny
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Factory warranty covers the car. Does not matter if you bought it used or new.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 10:06 AM

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