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Old 12-03-2002, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default MIL Eliminators/CEL fixes and Emissions??

Will my car pass emissions testing with the MIL Eliminator or similar product? When the guy at Autozone checked my CEL today he had to ask his boss what it meant when it said something about the Heater System low meant. His boss told him about the O2 Sensors and blah blah...I was like cool thats what I thought it was and told him why.....and he started to give me a speech about all the newer cars here being plugged up instead of the sniffers for emissions testing and if I threw one code when they check it I will fail the test. I wanna know if I should go ahead with the MIL eliminator, take the header off and swap to stock when test time comes, or sell the header and buy something more usefull to me. Thanks
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Old 12-03-2002, 11:03 AM   #2
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If your municipality does indeed do OBD-II exams, then you may want to consider swapping back to stock. If you have the MIL installed and it works, then you may risk it, but find out from a friend or someone how strenuous their visual check is, and if visual means anything to your smog guys. Here in Cali you can pass the sniffer test and fail a visual, hence fail the smog check (even if you aren't polluting ).

But if they don't bother with the visual, the MIL "should" take care of things for you.
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Old 12-03-2002, 08:47 PM   #3
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The visual check here pretty much consists of them waving a mirror under the car to make sure you have a catalytic converter. I was more interested in the plug in portion, will the ECU thinking everything is fine and not throwing a CEL not throw any codes when they plug in. And you said if it works?? Have people put the MIL Eliminators on and still had a CEL ??? I mean I can always swap to stock and then back after the test. Thanks again.
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Old 12-04-2002, 10:44 AM   #4
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People have MIL eliminators and have still have a CE pop up for the P0420. If it doesn't pop up during the test, you should be fine. Unless they have the Subaru Select Tool, clearing the CE light before you go to test will remove any trace of it in the ECU as far as normal OBD-II scanning goes.

Kinda silly to do this on OBD-II cars (read: new). Not very likely to have any emissions components fail so soon. If it passes the sniffer, then what's wrong? :monkey:

Good luck. Let us know how it goes. I don't recall hearing about anyone's experience with an OBD-II smog test.
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Old 12-04-2002, 12:22 PM   #5
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Whats the P0420 Code for??
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