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Can't Find Catalytic Converter for 2003 Ford Focus ZX3

I recently purchased a 2003 Ford Focus zx3 2.3L (PZEV). The OBD2 reports P0420 trouble code and the check engine light (CEL) is illuminated. The vehicle will most likely need a new catalytic converter installed, however, Ford has discontinued this part and there are no aftermarket resources available. I understand a check engine light which is on is an automatic emissions failure in California, so the smog check is out until repairs are made. I understand that the vehicle must be driven for 100 miles after repairs are made to ensure the CEL is out and PCM has learned. My 30 day operating permit expires on the 14th of March. Any solutions?


Have you tried contact the State Smog Check Referee's Office? They have a hard-to-find emission parts service which might be able to locate a catalytic converter for your Ford Focus. If are unable to help you, you may be able to seek a one-time two year smog check waiver. We encourage you to call them at (800) 622-7733, first. Your DMV deadline is coming, and it seems you may not be able to pass the smog check in time, so we'd recommend at least paying your renewal fees before the expiration date so you don't have to pay for a penalty on top of your repair expenses. You can do this on They post payment with the DMV even when you don't have your smog check. Next will be to visit the DMV to ask for a second temporary registration permit. They are not likely to give you a second permit so you might have to speak with a supervisor. Explain that you've contacted the referee's office and they are helping you out. See if you can get a document from your local referee station as proof that you're doing everything you can to get your Ford Focus to pass the smog test. Hopefully you'll be issued another extension. If you want to save time at the DMV, call (800) 777-0133 for an appointment. If you plan on visiting the DMV before your tags expiration date, just pay your renewal fees at the office, just make sure it's before your sticker expiration date.

posted by SmogTips Support 03-10-2017 03:21 PM

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