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Chevrolet Cars and Trucks. Here is a list of auto repair questions and answers. Click on your model to read the articles.

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How Things Work

How Does the Catalytic Converter Work

A 3-way catalytic (TWC) converter is used on most newer cars and trucks in order to control the exhaust emissions of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The catalyst within the converter promotes a chemical reaction which oxidizes the HC and the CO that is present in the exhaust gas. This process will convert the HC and the CO into a water vapor and CO, and will reduce the NOx, converting the NOx into nitrogen.

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Common Engine Codes

EGR Codes P0400 - P0405

P0400-P0405
The powertrain control module (PCM) tests the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system during deceleration by momentarily commanding the EGR valve to open while monitoring the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor signal. When the EGR valve is opened, the PCM should see a proportional increase in MAP.

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