Catalytic converter usage life span

Tiny
RIEBE123
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Question is, what is the ballpark average mileage for a Honda catalytic converter? I know they are known to go out.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 AT 12:22 PM

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Hi Riebe123, my name is Alex and I will be answering your question today.

There really is no set mileage to replace a catalytic converter. It depends on a lot of variables. The good news is that your vehicle is constantly checking the efficiency of it's catalytic converter. When your catalytic converter, through normal wear and tear, has deteriorated enough that it needs to be replaced, then your vehicle will illuminate it's Malfunction Indicator Lamp(MIL), also known as your check engine light, and your Power-train Control Module(PCM). Computer will store Direct Trouble Code (DTC) 0420 catalytic converter efficiency below threshold. I hope this helps, and thank you for using 2CarPros, Alex.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 AT 1:09 PM
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I have a code PO420. The temperature in Wisconsin is currently 24 below 0. I have been told that it is the upstream o2 sensor most likely or is the code indicating a replacement catalytic converter is in order. Also I cancelled the code via a scanner and the CEL didn't come on for about two weeks, but then came on after I filled up with gas. I did secure the cap well. Could it be a bad gas cap? I am just trying to troubleshoot.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 AT 1:22 PM
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DTC 0420 is indeed the DTC for replacing your catalytic converter. The upstream O2 sensor is used by your vehicle's PCM to maintain your vehicle's air/fuel ratio as close to stoichmetric (14.7:1) as possible. It is the downstream O2 sensor, or after the catalytic converter, that monitors how efficient your catalytic converter is. The fact that the DTC set after filling up is purely coincidental. Thanks again for using 2CarPros, Alex.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 AT 1:47 PM
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Thanks.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 AT 1:58 PM

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