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Emission scanning tool

Many people have been frustrated by the new emission rules in Ontario.  I called “driveclean” on many occasions to see if they had any solutions for passing the new emission test.  They had nothing but generic answers for me.

In the past couple of weeks I have been scanning my cars with a scanner that was originally designed for California emission standards.  I have had it for about 5 years and it has helped me pass many of my cars through driveclean.  This scanner has three led lights at the top of the screen.  If you have an engine code  you will need to fix it; it is an automatic fail.  If it shows red it is and automatic fail.  If it shows yellow it means the computer is not ready to test yet; do not test since it will most likely fail.  If it shows green you are good to go for the test.  

The scanner is not very expensive- normally $199, but it goes on sale at Canadian Tire and Parts Source for $99. http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/AutoTools/AutoCodeReaders/PRD~0251030P/OBD+II+Code+Reader.jsp?l


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Just a heads up to every body who needs an Emission test.   The Ontario standard is now as difficult as a California Emission test. If you have a “service engine soon” light or amber engine light on do not go in for a test it will be an automatic fail.  You need to get your car fixed first and then drive the car around for it to be “ready”.  

“Ready” means that the emission systems have reset and are recorded on you vehicles computer.  I have been driving a car around for 2 weeks  and put on about 250 kms and the computer is still not “ready” 

The new system is very complex and the driveclean 1-800 number is at best useless for both private owners or dealers.   

 If you are interested  in useless information the website is http://www.driveclean.com


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