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OBDII readiness drive cycle procedures

I disconnected my battery 3 weeks and 500 miles ago. Went to smog the car with no ill thoughts and did not pass due to readiness code(s) not set. If I remember right (I am out of town) My INNOVA 3100 code reader (http://www.troublecodes.net/articles/equus/Equuis_OBD_II_code_reader.shtml) tells me I am still missing the following readiness codes:

C = Catalyst Monitor
EV = Evaporative System Monitor
2A = Secondary Air System Monitor
O = Oxygen Sensor Monitor



I know that Don has posted extensively on how to pass smog with the SAI readiness code not set. However, I obviously have a whole bunch of codes not set. I am not too surprised, as I am not driving the car much and of the 500 miles there is one long distance trip with one stop and 300 miles worth of driving to and from the track and a track day ...

I have searched the web for drive cycle procedures on the 993 and others. Looks like a bunch of voodo and hard to realize in a populated area. What has worked for you and what do you recommend? I'll be home over X-mas and can experiment. Will I just need more warmup cycles than the handful I have gotten to date?

Thanks!

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:04 PM
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For CA smog, I don't worry about the readiness codes. I go firectly to a referee station. Need to make an appt. Telling them my battery died and the codes have not re-set is enough to get one. The nearest one is 5 miles away at the local community college. My last smog, I was one of three 993's in a row.

Didn't cost any more and the tech was more carefull with the car. Even let me let me drive in/out of the shop.

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George - there is a recent post on Rennlist about setting the readiness codes. Here's a highlight:

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Start engine, idle cold for approx. 2 min, 10 secs.

Accelerate to 20-30 MPH, Maintain steady speed for approx 3 min, 15 secs.

Accelerate to 40-60 MPH, Maintain steady speed for approx 15 mins.

Decelerate and come to a stop. Idle in gear for approx 5 mins.



Following the start engine phase the sequence of test conditions may interchange.

routine will be discontinued whenever:


Engine speed exceeds 3000 RPM
Large fluctuations in throttle angle
Road speed exceeds 60 MPH
I tried that about 10 times and it did not work for me. Hence the referee.

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I just did mine in November, and after a ton of research, here is the procedure that worked like a charm for me on the first try: (note: same procedure as the above post)

Once the CE light is cleared the following readiness cycle can be followed to
reset the code or you could drive the car for a while in a variety of situations
that would allow each system to do it's thing:


Start engine, idle cold for approx. 2 min, 10 secs.

Accelerate to 20-30 MPH, Maintain steady speed for approx 3 min, 15 secs.

Accelerate to 40-60 MPH, Maintain steady speed for approx 15 mins.

Decelerate and come to a stop. Idle in gear* for approx 5 mins.


*I don't think you actually have to idle in gear unless you have a Tiptronic...I idled mine in neutral.

It is absolutely essential to keep the RPM's below 3,000 and the MPH below 60 for the duration of this test.

In California, the referee thing seems to be the easiest and most expedient way to go...Unfortunately we don't have that option where I live.
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There are at least 5 stop signs from my house before I can drive 20-30 mph at a steady speed. Does this mean I start counting once I can drive 20-30 steady?

I tried the above cycle once (with a bunch of stops) and it did not even get one of the readiness codes set.

I'll have to try again at night, where I can drive more reasonably - without running stop signs though.

Can I look up smog referees online? If I can't resolve this over christmas, it seems that is the way to go.

Thanks guys!

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From the CA DMV Site:

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To Make a Referee Appointment
Call (800) 622-7733 to schedule an appointment with a Referee Center. The Referee will charge a fee for the
Smog Check inspections and services performed.
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There are at least 5 stop signs from my house before I can drive 20-30 mph at a steady speed. Does this mean I start counting once I can drive 20-30 steady?

I tried the above cycle once (with a bunch of stops) and it did not even get one of the readiness codes set.

I'll have to try again at night, where I can drive more reasonably - without running stop signs though.

Can I look up smog referees online? If I can't resolve this over christmas, it seems that is the way to go.

Thanks guys!

George
No, you donít start counting once you reach 20-30 steady. As far as I know, you need to go from step 1 to step 2 immediately. You canít idle for 2:10, drive at 10 MPH for 5 minutes, and THEN accelerate to 20-30 MPH for 3:15. Same thing for the rest of the steps. This is what makes it so difficult to get the readiness codes set. You need to do the correct sequence EXACTLY. There is no room for deviation. If you canít do it starting cold from your garage, you need to find a place where you can park the car overnight, so that it gets cold, and then do the entire sequence starting from that location. This means no gaps. You need to do the 20-30 MPH for 3:15 and then immediately go to 40-60 for 15 minutes. If you drop below 40 during that 15 minutes, forget it, youíre done. Start over another day. Finding a location where you can do the entire sequence, from a cold start, without gaps, is nearly impossible. Maybe you could do it on a dyno, if you strapped your car on it the night before your run.

Itís crazy, I know. So do the referees. Thatís why you skip trying to set the codes and go straight to the referee.
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I need to park it in the desert overnight. Sounds indeed like the procedure is made for the dyno!

Off to the referee I go.

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No, you don’t start counting once you reach 20-30 steady. As far as I know, you need to go from step 1 to step 2 immediately. You can’t idle for 2:10, drive at 10 MPH for 5 minutes, and THEN accelerate to 20-30 MPH for 3:15. Same thing for the rest of the steps. This is what makes it so difficult to get the readiness codes set. You need to do the correct sequence EXACTLY. There is no room for deviation. If you can’t do it starting cold from your garage, you need to find a place where you can park the car overnight, so that it gets cold, and then do the entire sequence starting from that location. This means no gaps. You need to do the 20-30 MPH for 3:15 and then immediately go to 40-60 for 15 minutes. If you drop below 40 during that 15 minutes, forget it, you’re done. Start over another day. Finding a location where you can do the entire sequence, from a cold start, without gaps, is nearly impossible. Maybe you could do it on a dyno, if you strapped your car on it the night before your run.

It’s crazy, I know. So do the referees. That’s why you skip trying to set the codes and go straight to the referee.
This is NOT true from my experience (and others I've talked to about it). I've only had to do the procedure twice but it worked both times for me. Consider each one a step, you don't have to go directly from step 2 to step 3, you can wait until the road permits. The only trick is to NOT go over 3k RPM or 65 mph in between steps.

By the way the original "formula" came from BMW.

http://srlx.com/p-car/obdii_readiness.pdf
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