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How to Perform a Dodge Dakota Drive Cycle

My Dodge Dakota had a dead battery. I recharged it and reinstalled. At the time of first smog test, the fact that the dead battery had cleared the emission monitors, I was told to drive a number of miles before they came back online. After 70 miles one more monitor became ready. I had to drive more miles, totaling 160 miles so far, but the catalyst OBDII monitor is still not ready and I can't pass the smog inspection.


Answer:  

Replacing the battery or having simply disconnected the battery on your Dodge Dakota caused the engine control unit (ECU) to reset and clear all the emission monitors (and trouble codes; if any existed).

We're going to recommend following the Dodge Dakota drive cycle we indicate below. It should get the catalyst monitor, as well as the EGR, EVAP and AIR monitors, ready for the smog inspection. If you've tried the drive cycle already and have still been unable to get all the monitors complete, we'll have to recommend a smog check repair station or Dodge dealer take a closer look. Even though the check engine light is no longer illuminated, there may be a sensor which is partially failing and stopping the catalyst monitor from becoming Ready or Complete.

Typically driving 200-300 miles through various traffic conditions and over the course of a few days is enough to get the drive cycle to initiate. Simply driving an extend length of time however does not necessarily make the monitors complete. Your Dakota's engine control unit performs internal self-tests in order to ensure the engine is running efficiently and not polluting. These self-tests are called Monitors. The entire process of self-testing various emission control systems is called a Drive Cycle.

Notice: Obey all traffic laws while performing drive cycles. Perform the drive cycle cautiously and at your own risk. Use a OBD-II scan tool to check the status of the monitors once you've completed the drive cycle at least once.

How To Perform Dodge Dakota Drive Cycle

A. All Monitor Drive Trace - This will complete all emission monitors without having to perform specific monitor driving patterns.

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

MIL must be off - Cold start (Cold soak required; vehicle must be sitting overnight, at least 8 hours).

Driving Procedure:

1) Warm engine up for five minutes (must reach closed loop)

2) Drive (with steady throttle) at a speed between 40 and 60 mph for 8 minutes.

3) Stop and idle for 3 minutes.

4) Drive (with steady throttle) at a speed above 20 mph for 2 minutes.

5) Turn key off, leave off for ten minutes (to run O2 sensor heater monitor).

Note: Due to the limited preconditions provided with this drive trace, NCVECS recommends using the monitor specific drive traces for Dodge Dakota vehicles.

B. Catalyst Monitor Drive Trace

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

- No DTCs present.

- Fuel level is between 15% and 85% full.

- ECT above 70º F.

- Engine must have run at least 90 seconds

- Engine between 1,350 & 1,900 rpm.

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Drive with a steady vehicle speed between 30 and 45 mph for 2 minutes.

C. EGR System Monitor Drive Trace - Vacuum controlled

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Drive with a steady vehicle speed between 40 & 60 mph for 8 minutes.

D. EGR System Monitor Drive Trace - Electronic

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

- MAP must be between 0-60 KPa.

- Engine speed between 500-850 rpm.

- ECT is above 180º F (90º C).

- No misfire temporary (pending) or matured fault present.

- A/C clutch, PS Switch and Cooling fans do not change state (turn off).

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five (5) minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Drive with a steady vehicle speed between 40 & 60 mph for 2 minutes.

3) Idle vehicle for three (3) minutes.

E. Evaporative System Monitor Drive Trace

Trace 1: Standard Type

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

- No Evaporative DTCs present.

- Fuel level is between ½ and full.

(Note: monitor may still run with tank fill between 15% and 85%).

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Drive with a steady vehicle speed between 30 and 45 mph for 2 minutes.

Trace 2: Leak Detection Pump

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

- No Evaporative DTCs present.

- Fuel level is between 30 & 85 % full.

Driving Procedure:

1) Cold soak vehicle, start and idle vehicle for 4 minutes.

2) Drive in-town (stop and go) for 5 minutes, using smooth accelerations and decelerations.

3) Stop and idle vehicle for 4 minutes.

F. O2 Sensor Monitor Drive Trace

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Drive with a steady vehicle speed above 25 mph for 2 minutes.

3) Stop and idle for 30 seconds.

4) Smoothly accelerate to a speed between 30 and 40 mph.

5) Repeat steps 3 & 4 five (5) times.

G. O2 Sensor Heater Monitor Drive Trace

Pre-Conditioning Requirements:

- MIL must be off.

Driving Procedure:

1) Idle vehicle for five minutes (to reach closed loop operation).

2) Shut engine off and leave vehicle off for ten minutes.


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