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PostSubject: 97 Riviera codes   Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:51 pm


There is two error codes that i dont know how to fix them:

P0102: MAF or VAF a ckt. Low Input - For this one, i chaged the MAF sensor twice, but there is still the same problem (on "D", the RPM goes down, not too much but you can feel it). I dont know why puzzled

P0420: Catalyst efficiency. I dont have catalyst converter anymore, when i bought the car, i had problems with it and i had to remove it.

If somebody knows how to fix them please let me know!!!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: 97 Riviera codes   Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:42 pm

when was the last time you changed air filter, or did a tune-up? MAF is downstream of the air filter.

you say RPMs go down. I assume this is while cruising at steady speed. This is *normal* it is the transmission going into 'lockup' mode. Saves you gas.

To be street-legal you need a cat. The computer thinks you still have one and will 'yell' at you until you restore things to factory specs.

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PostSubject: Re: 97 Riviera codes   Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:35 pm

To fix the P0420, you can install an O2 emulator in place of the #2 (rear) O2 sensor. It costs $39.99:

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PostSubject: Re: 97 Riviera codes   Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:56 pm

That is the code I get when my MAF is unplugged. You'd have to connect a scanner to see what the MAF is reading as to why you are getting that code.
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PostSubject: Re: 97 Riviera codes   Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:55 pm

agree take a look at what the MAF values are.
did you clear the code after the new maf was installed?
the cat code can be "fixed" one of 3 ways.
1. put the cat back on
2. get a 02 sim (like Aaron said)
3. buy a PT and remove the code from the pcm

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