Volkswagen OBD II Monitor Drive Cycle

Volkswagen OBD II Monitor Drive Cycle

A reader wrote in to say that she’s having trouble getting her 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit to complete OBD II monitors.  I shared the following drive cycle wither her, and decided to post it here for others experiencing similar issues with their Volkswagen vehicles. This drive cycle should be valid for Volkswagen engine codes BGP and […]

January 2017 California Smog Check FAQ

January 2017 California Smog Check FAQ

Smog Check Frequently Asked Questions for January 2017 How many readiness monitors have to be complete to pass smog? What if I cannot get my smog test in California before it is due? Can I go to another smog check station after failing? The shop that failed my car also does repairs, can I go […]

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Some 2003 Chrysler PT Cruisers (2.4 liter DOHC 16v turbocharged, sales code EDV, with 5- spd manual G288 trans, sales code DDD) are unable to complete the OBD II Catalyst monitor because of a firmware error. Chrysler is aware of the problem, and a firmware update is required to correct the problem. If you own […]

OBD II Monitor Drive Cycle Service

OBD II Monitor Drive Cycle Service

In recent years the California Bureau of Automotive Repairs (BAR) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) have increasingly shifted the emphasis of the California emissions program to on-board diagnostic trouble codes &  monitor readiness. This is especially true for 2000 and newer model year vehicles. If you are having trouble completing OBD II readiness monitors […]

O2 Sensor Monitor Not Ready 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

O2 Sensor Monitor Not Ready 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If your 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid fails to pass the California emissions test because of an incomplete oxygen sensor (air/fuel) monitor, your Toyota Highlander Hybrid may be subject to a recall. Affected vehicles will require a software update to correct an issue that prevents the vehicle’s on board diagnostic computer from running the O2 sensor […]

BAR OIS Testing And Invalid Monitor Information

BAR OIS Testing And Invalid Monitor Information

On August 1, 20016, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) implemented a change in the BAR-OIS testing procedure that may result in a new type of smog inspection failure. What is BAR-OIS testing? The BAR-OIS is the Smog Check equipment required when inspecting most model-year 2000 and newer gasoline and hybrid vehicles and most 1998 […]

Check OBD II Monitor Readiness Without A Scan Tool

Check OBD II Monitor Readiness Without A Scan Tool

It is possible to check OBD II monitor readiness on many late model vehicles without connecting a scan tool. This can often be necessary in order to determine if your car is ready for its California smog inspection. What is OBD II monitor readiness? On 1996 and newer model year vehicles, the on board diagnostic system (OBDII) performs […]

Smog Check OBD Reference Update

Smog Check OBD Reference Update

The Bureau of Automotive Repair has issued an update to the Smog Check OBD Reference Guide.  The update includes new service bulletins, emissions recalls and information on the following vehicles: BMW 323i: ECM reflash recall is needed to set oxygen sensor monitor. 2000-2001 Nissan Maxima and Infinity I30:  New catalyst may be needed to run catalyst […]

OBD Monitors and Testability Issues

OBD Monitors and Testability Issues

OBD Monitor Readiness Readiness monitors are self- tests performed by a vehicle’s on board diagnostic (OBD) system to verify emission control functionality. While most vehicles complete the various self tests during normal driving, achieving monitor readiness in a few types of vehicles is more difficult due to the vehicle design requiring unusual operating conditions or due to […]

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