1997 Honda Civic Q&A
1997 Honda Civic Question: FAILED SMOG!!!
my 97 civic failed her smog test due to "Emissions self test" not ready? i have never heard of a problem like this one and have no clue on how to fix it. Anyone know what is the cause of this? I have also had the car scanned for any CEL codes stored, 2 different times but still no code, took it to 2 different smog shops but still no help. Im lost and need to get it done soon so i can drive my car. - DASleeper916
To pass the CA State Smog test vehicles have to have all the systems that the computer monitors to have run there functionality tests. Some of these tests take more than one "drive cycle" to complete.The idea being is that you can't cheat by having a car due for a smog test that has a Check Engine light on pass by just erasing the code and driving straight to the smog station without fixing the underlying problem. The systems the computers monitor are the evaporative emission system, EGR system, the cat converter efficiency, O2 sensor system, ect.... Ask who ever tests your car or scans it for codes "which monitors have not been passed". - patrick mannion
I have experienced in the past Civics of this generation taking up to 3 weeks to run it's monitors. My best advise is to drive the vehicle as much as possible under varying conditions to try to get the monitors to set. Once that happens if there are no MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) issues the car will be able to be smogged. - rdude135
I had a 1996 Honda Civic EX and I had received a letter from Honda that said if my car failed smog that they would pay for all the repairs because of something with the emissions system didn't meet California requirements. So maybe you should contact Honda to see if you qualify. Get what you can!! :) Hope that helps!! - jazzyjj77
you need to drive and drive highway driving-local driving stop and go traffic ect put the miles on it takes time for all of the sensors to re-set that is it in the nut shell - k.roy
i like some help i took my car for a smog test twice and its failed. its got my oil, spark plugs, and wires my car is ideling pretty high can anyone help. it was high on the co
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