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2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Monitors Not Ready

To make a long story short. Everything on our 2000 Mitsubishi Montero is running good no check engine light no pending codes. We've had some work done on it two months prior to getting it smogged. We installed a new catalytic converter and EGR valve. Now the computer will not reset. The Smog Referee wants me to take it to the dealer and have them reset everything. Do I actually need to take it to a dealer or should I take it to another smog check person. Or maybe is there a way I can drive it to where it'll reset? Thank you for your time.


You do not necessarily have to take your Mitsubishi Montero to the dealer. A smog check repair certified mechanic shop should be able to complete a "drive cycle" and get the emission monitors to run. Once the drive cycle is complete, and the emission computer detects no faults, the monitors will become ready (or Complete) and smog test can be performed. Usually driving in both city and highway conditions over the course of a few days is enough to get the drive cycle to run and set the monitors. At times however, due to individual driving habits, following the Mitsubishi Montero drive cycle below is required.

Follow the drive cycle carefully. Take extra caution when performing the drive cycle on public roadways. If you feel you will be unable to follow the drive cycle safely, please seek assistance from an smog check repair station or Mitsubishi service center. They may be able to perform the drive cycle utilizing a dynamometer, and specialized scan tools. Prior to beginning the drive cycle ensure your vehicle has between 15% to 85% fuel in the gas tank, and that the engine is cold. It is best to start the driving cycle in the morning (after a cold soak).

Mitsubishi Montero Drive Cycle

A. Begin from Cold Start, and ignition in OFF position for at least 1 hour. Ensure your Mitsubishi's 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.

B. Idle. Run engine (do not drive) for 2 1/2 minutes with the accessories off. Put the vehicle is Drive (D) while pressing the brake pedal, and hold for 15 seconds. Put the vehicle in Park and turn the ignition to OFF position. Repeat this step once. The ECU will run the Oxygen Sensor Heater self-test and EVAP Purge "No Flow" test.

C. Start the vehicle and turn all accessories off. Begin to drive. Apply half throttle until 55 mph is reached. The ECU will now begin the EVAP Purge Flow test.

D. Hold your speed steady at 55 mph for five (5) 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.

E. During this step slowly let off the accelerator pedal. Do not brake or shift in order to slow down. It is important to let your Montero coast along gradually slowing down to 10 mph. The ECU will once again self-test the EGR System, EVAP Purge System and Long Term Fuel Trims.

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

G. Hold steady speed once again. This time at 55 mph for two (2) minutes. During this time the ECU will perform the catalyst monitor diagnostics.

H. Decelerate. This will perform the same diagnostics as in the first deceleration step. Remember not to press the brake or shift gears.

This ends the Mitsubishi Montero Drive Cycle. Performing the drive cycle at least twice, or using your scan tool check to see if one drive cycle set the EVAP monitor to "Ready".

posted by SmogTips Support 10-11-2016 04:35 PM

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