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Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:07 PM
Looking forward to interacting with y'all!
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:19 PM
Welcome to the board. Don't dispare just because your old subie has terminal rust! My old subie did too.
I just put a new body on and kept going...if fact it's much happier now:D
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:24 PM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 03:39 PM
I've fooled smog stations with older cars, but the new OBD-II systems are a headache. If you don't live a communist state (i.e. cali) you should be able to take it to any good auto parts store and they will read your codes for you for free. It's probably something simple like an o2 sensor (or 2). Once you replace the bad part you should clear the codes and you should drive it for around a week before you try to smog it again. It takes about a week before the computer starts accepting long term memory. There are ways to speed this process up... but I'm not sure if they work.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:19 PM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:33 PM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:06 PM
I heard to beat emissions you can let your tank get down to like 1/4 of a tank and put in a whole bunch of the Heet alcohol additive. It will be running off moslty alcohol and should be real clean. I dont know if this works...but it might.
Yep that was my fix. I have done this on lots of cars. But that will not fix the CEL light that is on. If that is on you automatically fail.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:56 PM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 10:19 PM
Posted 16 September 2004 - 07:41 AM
Well, I just dropped the '97 2.2 back at the service station/inspection station. This is just your basic local garage. They specialize in nothing and although they can "inspect" for emissions and pass or fail your car, they do not have a "technicians" license. Apparantly, here in PA, if you have a technicians license and you make the car owner spend enough money (I believe over $150.00) on trying to get the car to pass the emissions test, they can put a sticker on it even if it does not actually pass! Some scam, huh!?!
Anyway, it seems these guys can at least read the computer codes. I don't know if they will be able to interpret them. I may be back here later today for help with that...
Oh yeah - As far as I know the car is not actually emitting high amounts of pollution. Since the CEL is on, it fails automatically. So, 'round we go...
Thanks again folks. I'll be in touch.
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