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Mitsubishi Galant Cleaned EGR and Replaced Sensors Not Passing

I took car my car to a smog shop to get repairs. It needed new sensors and EGR valve cleaning. In the process of the smog station having my car, they wrecked it. They finally fixed it, but still have not completed the smog test. They said they drove it 100 miles already, but the car is not ready. Now they are telling me that I need to come get it and drive it myself. I asked them to run a smog test to see the results. They said they did. I asked for papers, and he stated he threw them away. How can I get help with this situation?


It's not an uncommon problem your facing, but ultimately if you feel you've been wronged, we'd encourage you contact an investigator with the Bureau of Automotive Repairs. You may reach one by calling (800) 952-5210.

The reason we mention this situation is not uncommon is due to something called emission "readiness flags". Readiness flags (commonly known as Emission Monitors) are internal self-tests which the engine control computer performs in order to ensure all emission systems are functioning properly. The problem is, after emission repairs, a smog station regularly needs to clear the engine control computer of past faults; subsequently clearing all readiness flag data. Without the readiness data present, a vehicle can not pass the smog test. This is normal. In order to get the readiness flags to set or become complete, a vehicle must be driven through what is known as a Drive Cycle. For certain vehicles, it could take a few days of driving (around 200-300 miles) in both city and highway traffic.

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