P0420 + Red Triangle Disappeared after 30 min

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  1. Michikazu

    Michikazu New Member

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    Last night after leaving a friends, about 1 min into my drive I got an explosion of dash lights, the car shut down and turned off. (12V battery is fine) Red Triangle, Check Engine, The works. Pulled over and ran the OBD Fusion app and came back with P0420 and P3190.

    Did my research, Cat or O2 sensors, etc. Got car towed home, decided to try again before going to bed and everything was fine, no dash lights. Re-ran the Diagnostics, and cleared the codes to see. SO far so good.
    Anyone else have this weird issue?
     
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    From what I've researched, P0420 is just the O2 sensors in the Cat. P3190 is loss of engine power. It might have just been a malfunction and you needed to restart your car.
     
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    Thats good to hear. Just drove it around for 15 min, had the Red Triangle turn off and on (Very fast)
    twice coming up hill, Im wondering if its low on oil?
     
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    That happened on my gen 2 several years ago when I went down a hill. Could be the gas tank or a loose HV battery connection. I'm not an expert, but @Patrick Wong is so maybe he'll help.
     
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    1. Check the engine oil level, do not guess.
    2. Clean the throttle body interior now.
    3. When were the iridium spark plugs last replaced? If you have no knowledge that was done, do that now.
    4. Work on saving sufficient funds to replace the catalytic converter if you expect to renew your auto registration in CA.
     
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    Thanks guys!!
     
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    It is WELL known that Toyota and Subaru log P0420 codes for even the slightest loss of catalytic converter efficiency, WELL before this loss can even be detected by a typical emissions analyzer. There are any number of causes for the P0420 DTC, only one of which is actually a failed or failing "cat".

    Common things that can cause P0420 are:
    - oil burning (wear, bad pcv valve, overfull of oil, etc)
    - exhaust leak
    - lazy O2 sensor (rear)
    - worn out WBO2 sensor (AFR sensor, front)
    - poor air/fuel metering
    - tune up
    - defective sensors (other than O2/WB O2)
     
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