2000 Ford Taurus (PO430 Code)

Tiny
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I have a 2000 Ford Taurus. I currently have 135,000 miles on it. Recently my "Check Engine" light came on. I had it checked and it came back reading a P0430 Code(Catalyst Efficiency-low bank 2). How do I check whether or not I have a Catalytic converter, oxygen sensor or a mass air-flow unit problem? I don't wish to replace parts unnecssarily.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2007 AT 6:47 PM

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Tiny
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To check that problem requires sort of an extensive series of pinpoints to figure out if the bottom line is that the cat is chemically dead. Along the way, there could be issues causing the code that don't indicate the cat is bad, exhaust restrictions, leaks in the exhaust system, is the fuel pressure good? Any work done on the rear 02 sensors before this happened? Crossed wiring could cause this, as could a damaged pcm unit. Could be a job for the dealer, you need someone qualified to do these diagnostics, dealer or otherwise.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2007 AT 11:09 PM
Tiny
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No work done to the rear o2 sensors.
I've have a bad sending unit in my gas tank, but I think this is probably unrelated. I've had this problem for quite a while. Gas gauge hasn't functioned properly in over a year. The "Check Engine" light appeared last month.
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 6:23 AM
Tiny
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Ford has had issues with faulty or malfunctioning tank sending units for years, resistance issues usually where the tank may read full at first then drop up and down finally working correct when tank is almost empty, weird stuff like that. Do you have a low fuel light? Does that still sort of work correctly? I wouldn't spend the money, not cheap, to fix it unless you could drop the tank yourself, I'm not 100% on whether the sending unit in your year is a separate piece from the fuel pump may or may not be. Excessive fuel pressure could be a contributing factor withy this code you're receiving, that is one of the tests that would be done along the way.
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 8:56 AM
Tiny
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Yes. I still get a "Low fuel light", but it's far from accurate. It will illuminate, whenever the gauge decides to drop down below a 1/4 or 1/8 tank, if I'm not mistaken. As I'm driving, the gauge wanders from full to empty and winds up leveling off somewhere. I've looked into getting this repaired, but it's way too expensive($600 - $800)! I'm going to ride it out, until I purchase another vechile. I'm thinking this is unrelated to my P0430 code, but I can't be sure until I have it diagnosed further.
If I had to guess though, I think the converter is o.K.
I believe something else is causing the code.
Who knows?
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 10:19 AM

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