Last post on Jun 04, 2009 at 7:34 AM
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#14 of 16 help getting into 1993 ford taurus trunk cant open with key and trying to e
Jan 27, 2008 (1:17 pm)
#15 of 16 EGR, Evap, Cat "Not Ready" on 2001 Taurus
May 29, 2009 (8:46 am)
To make a long story short, I bought an OBDII scanner recently to clear a "check engine" light that occasionally came on. I had no idea that emissions inspection uses the same OBD plug to pass or fail the car. I did not buy it to cheat inspection.
My (wife's) Taurus is up for inspection but the airbag light was on. I called my mechanic who said the airbag light being on will not cause my inspection to fail. However, he ran out of stickers.
So I called Sears Auto and asked about the airbag light being on. Sears told me yes, my car will fail inspection if the airbag light is on.
So I used my OBDII scanner hoping it would clear the airbag light. It did not. However, when I adjusted the seat, the airbag light came off. Weird but that's good.
I went in for inspection at another shop (not Sears and not my mechanic). It failed because it showed 5 sensors "not ready" including 2 for "oxygen"-something and 3 for EGR, Evap, and Cat.
My mechanic told me to drive it around for at least 30 miles mix of highway and local traffic. I ran it for 60 miles already but only the "oxygen" sensors were cleared, the other 3 -- EGR, Evap and Cat are still "not ready".
Question: I don't mind driving the car around some more. But can I use my OBDII scanner to check if the remaining 3 sensors are ready? This way, as soon as the 3 sensors are ready, I can stop driving around.
Thanks a lot!
#16 of 16 Re: EGR, Evap, Cat "Not Ready" on 2001 Taurus [bbork10002]
Jun 04, 2009 (7:34 am)
Just to answer my own question, in case someone experiences the same problem:
I fixed it. I followed the instructions for evap, catalyst, and egr (my 3 "not ready" sensors) in this webpage:
The idea is to drive smoothly -- no turns, no hills -- to avoid fuel sloshing around in the tank for a few miles at 55 mph within the first 30 minutes of a cold start.
Then after (or if you are still within) the 30 minutes, drive at various speeds from 25-45 with some full stops.