What Does P20F3 Code Mean?

OBD-II Code P20F3 is defined as a SCR nox Pre- Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is used to assist in converting leftover exhaust particles to harmless gases. In order to burn off those particles, the temperature of the exhaust system needs to increase. the injection of DEF Fluid into the exhaust stream brings Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) up to temperature. The system is then able to convert harmful NOx to Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, and water. The Reductant Catalyst (SRC) was added to further reduce any NOx was still in the exhaust stream. The engine computer (PCM) monitors the Reductant Catalyst System's use of DEF and its ability to convert NOx to Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, and Water. If the Reductant Catalyst fails to perform its job efficiently, code P20F3 is set.

P20F3 Symptoms

  • DPF regeneration may not occur

Common Problems That Trigger the P20F3 Code

  • DEF contamination
  • DEF injector failure
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) failure
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