1996 Chevy Silverado code P0430

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
I scanned my truck the other day at Shucks due to check engine light being on and got p0430, catalytic system efficiancy below threshold bank 2.
Is this the catalytic converter going south or oxygen sensors going bad?
I cleared the fault and after 50 miles or so the check engine light has remained unlit.

thanks for any info
Mark Staub
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 AT 2:36 PM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Probably the converter, but you can try replacing the rear 02 sensor, it is now switching to much. You might think about doing all the 02 sensors, 100,000 is the recommended interval anyway.
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 AT 2:42 PM
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What does that code P0430 mean?

Basically this means that the oxygen sensor downstream of the catalytic converter on bank 2 is detecting that the converter is not working as efficiently as it should be (according to specs). It is part of the vehicle emissions system.

SymptomsYou will likely not notice any drivability problems, although there may be symptoms such as a rough/hard idle when cold.

CausesA code P0430 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

The catalytic converter is no longer functioning properly
An oxygen sensor is not reading (functioning) properly
There is an exhaust leak
Possible SolutionsFirst, inspect for exhaust leaks.

Next step is to measure the voltage at the oxygen sensor on Bank 2. In fact, it would be a good idea to test each oxygen O2 sensor while you're at it.

One thing to note is that many vehicle manufacturers offer a longer warranty on emissions-related parts. So if you have a newer car but it's out of it's bumper-to-bumper warranty, there still may be warranty on this type of problem. Many manufacturers give a five year, unlimited mileage warranty on these items. It's worth checking into.
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 AT 2:47 PM

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