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Old 02-17-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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Use of valet mode when a car is being inspected:

Last year when I went to bring my car in to be inspected the inspector told me they have to do a test drive to examine the functionality of the brakes for a NYS safety inspection. I said fine, and then I got my car back with 22 miles on it. I was furious, but the owner of the shop is a client of my dad's and he told me I can't yell at him because it will cost him thousands of $ if he loses the guy as a client. My inspection is up, but I am out of the country so I am not too worried, but here is my question.

Will a wrx stage II pass a NYS inspection with a valet map loaded. If they do a sniffer test the car should idle normally. If they go for a test drive they shouldn't be going over 4k rpm anyway, but if they do and complain about it I can always say I left rev limit adjustor on low as I always do when I am not driving on the track. I know this is kind of a funny question and that I am probably going to get a and a or two, but I am interested to see whether 1) the car runs rich at idle in valet mode and 2) whether lowering your rev limiter is illegal and grounds for not passing a "safety" inspection.
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Old 02-17-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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i dont see why it would cause you to fail unless they have to test at idle AND a certain rpm above 3800...... i would do it too. fortunately we dont have inspections so i dont have much to offer.
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:29 PM   #3
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rev-limiter is not a problem. they're not supposed to beat on your car. in jersey they run the car upto 3000rpm or something like that on their rollers.

also, 22 miles for a brake inspection?????????

i used to have 2 cars registered in the past in new york. all they did was lift the car up and check the brake rotors/pads and pump the brakes to make sure the pressure was adequate.
looks like they got a free joy ride out of you last year. 22 miles...............
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Old 02-17-2006, 06:05 PM   #4
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22 miles for a brake inspection is why I want the rev limiter in place. I dont know where the hell they went for 22 miles or at what speed they drove my car. Most places in NY don't have AWD roller and dont put your car on roller because of it, they just use the sniffer, but I was wondering whether the emissions from the 93 octane stg II map are different than valet mode at idle and low rpm with no load as would be done for a sniffer test. Then, would the sensors read "not ready" more in that mode than in stage II, and since there must be a law against custom ecu tuning, would they get angry that they cant beat on my car and flunk me because of it.
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:54 PM   #5
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I would DEMAND to accompany the 'inspector'....it is YOUR car and NOT theirs....make it absolutely crystal that under no circumstances that anyone drives your car without YOU in the car......and around the block is WAY more than enough.

22 miles????....the ass clown owes ya a gallon of gas, if nothing else.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:50 PM   #6
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^^ that is most likely what I will be doing. Or hiding behind the building with another car and a video camera to follow the driver around on camera.
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