P0420 Catalyst System below efficiency – bank 1
I’ve had this code for a couple months trying to trouble shoot it. My gas mileage has been affected, as I’m getting about 23/24 MPG city/highway. I replaced the upstream 02 sensor with am aftermarket Bosch variety( I’m not sure why a non-OEM one would make a difference, as long it’s working correctly).
My car has 253k miles, the cat doesn’t rattle and I don’t smell any rotten eggs or anything, but it has to be clogged or the 02 sensor I got was defective. My engine runs fine and I don’t have any problems accelerating or decelerating. It may still be the 02 sensor since the gas mileage decrease is so significant, or it could be my converter is really clogged up.
Any input is greatly appreciated.