My engine light has been on continuously since late April. In June, the mechanic hooked the car up to a hand-held computer and said I needed a new cat. converter but didn't need to hurry fixing it as long as I did so before the inspection date. Last week, I went to a different service that hooked up the car to the computer and said it was the oxygen sensors.Their quote was $700 to fix them.but they've knocked in down to $500 when I squaked. Which scenario do you think is more likely?
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1999 Toyota Corolla Question: Are there separate computer analysis codes for oxygen sensors vs. the converter?.
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 14, 2009, 23:38Master
What codes were stored? P0420 is low catalytic converter efficiency. Oxygen sensor codes can be for performance or heater circuit malfunction. A bad O2 sensor can make the computer think the cat converter is bad but I have replaced Cats on these cars as well.