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2006 Cadillac CTS Drive Cycle

I have had the battery on my Cadillac CTS changed recently. I've been driving the last two days have still not been able to get the emission monitors to complete. I've driven by CTS over 130 miles already. Both the EVAP monitor and oxygen sensor monitor are still not ready.


Replacing the battery or having simply disconnected the battery on your Cadillac CTS caused the engine control unit (ECU) to reset or clear all the emission monitors (and trouble codes; if any existed). Completing or making Ready the emission monitors requires driving your Cadillac CTS through a specific drive cycle.

It is recommend to drive a vehicle 200-300 miles and over the course of a few days in both city and highway traffic conditions in order to complete the emission monitors; however it is more important to follow the specific driving pattern. By following the Cadillac CTS Drive Cycle indicated below you'll be able to complete all the emission monitors which are required to pass the smog test without having to drive several days or several hundred miles.

Please be advised... If you feel you may be unable to perform the drive cycle below safely, seek assistance from a Cadillac dealership service center or reputable smog check repair center for assistance.

How to Perform a Cadillac CTS Drive Cycle

The following is a Cadillac Drive Cycle Pattern which should allow your vehicle to complete all its emission monitors. Be sure to obey all traffic laws while performing drive cycles. Perform acceleration steps only on highways.

COLD START: Begin from Cold Start, and ignition in OFF position for at least 1 hour. Ensure fuel tank is between 1/4 and 3/4 full. Engine coolant temperature must be below 122°F and within 11°F of the ambient air temperature. Do not leave the key on prior to the cold start or the heated oxygen sensor diagnostic may not run.

IDLE TIME: Run engine (do not drive) for 2 1/2 minutes with the air conditioner on and rear defroster on. During this period the ECU will be running the Oxygen Sensor Heater self-test, Air Injection System Passive Air test, EVAP Purge "No Flow" test, Misfire Detection.

ACCELERATE: Turn off the air conditioner and rear defroster and begin driving. As soon as possible apply half throttle until 55mph is reached. The ECU will now run self-tests on the Misfire Detection, Fuel Trim, and EVAP Purge Flow.

HOLD STEADY: Now hold your speed steady at 55mph for three minutes. During this time the Oxygen Sensor O2 response, Air Intrusive (AIS System), EGR Flow, Purge Valve, Misfire Detection, and Fuel Trim diagnostics will be performed.

DECELERATE: Slowly let off the accelerator pedal. Do not brake or shift in order to slow down (don't press the clutch if equipped). It is important to let the vehicle coast along gradually slowing down to 20 mph. The ECU will once again self-test the EGR System, EVAP Purge System and Long Term Fuel Trims.

ACCELERATE: Accelerate again at 3/4 throttle until 55-60mph is reached. This will perform the same self tests as during the first acceleration step.

HOLD STEADY: Hold steady speed once again. This time at 55mph for five minutes. During this time, in addition to running the self-tests as during the first HOLD STEADY step, the ECU will perform the catalyst monitor diagnostics. If the catalyst (Catalytic Converter) is marginal or the battery has been disconnected, it may take 5 complete driving cycles to determine the state of the catalyst,or in order to Complete the CAT Monitor.

DECELERATE: This will perform the same diagnostics as in the first Deceleration. Do not press on the brakes or shift gears during this step.

How to Complete Individual Cadillac Monitors

Catalyst Monitor (CAT): 

Prerequisite: No trouble codes present, Intake Air Temperature (IAT) above 32 Degrees (F), Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) is above 167 Degrees (F); Mass Air Flow sensor is indicating greater than 15 gm/s, engine load is below 63% and steady, engine speed is below 3000 RPM. 

1. Idle vehicle 5 minutes (achieve closed loop) 

2. Drive 5 min at steady speed above 55 mph 

3. Drive 2 min at steady 40 mph 

4. Drive 2 min at steady 55 mph 

EGR Monitor (EGR): 

Prerequisite: No trouble codes present, Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) is above 75 Degrees (F); barometric pressure (BARO) above 72kPa.

1. Idle vehicle 5 minutes (achieve closed loop) 

2. Accelerate and drive for 1 min at steady speed above 50 mph 

3. Slow vehicle down to 20 mph. Do not use brake clutch, or shift gears. 

4. Repeat steps two and three 5 times. 

GM and Chevy run their EGR monitor during the deceleration portion of the drive cycle. 

Evaporative Monitor (EVAP): 

Prerequisite: No trouble codes present, Fuel tank between 1/4 and 3/4 full.

1. Drive 5 min at steady speed between 30 and 60 mph 

2. Stop vehicle and idle engine for 4 minutes.

3. Turn engine off. Remove ignition key.

The ECU will run the EVAP Monitor once the engine has been shut down and ignition turned off.

O2 Sensor Monitor (O2): 

Prerequisite: No trouble codes present, Intake Air Temperature (IAT) above 32 Degrees (F); Engine Control Temperature (ECT) is above 167 Degrees (F)

1. Idle vehicle 4 minutes (achieve closed loop) 

2. Drive 3 min at steady speed above 50 mph 

3. Drive 2 min at steady 40 mph 

4. Drive 2 min at steady 50 mph

posted by SmogTips Support 02-03-2016 11:25 AM

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