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Q: california smog readiness flags on 1996 Mercedes-Benz C280

I have a 1996 c280, 165000 miles due for a biannual smog test. If failed the first test due to not all readiness flags not being set. I have taken it to several friends shops( I am a tech myself) and they are unable to get them to set. We have a complete drive cycle sheet showing exactly conditions to set the monitors. We have driven this cycle multiple times and have driven over 2000 miles since then. I have been told it may be the DME. Is there anyway of telling exactly what is at fault without shelling out $2000.? Are DMEs interchangeable from other c280s? Thanks for your help.
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Scantool information should be able to identify which monitors have not passed. Is it Evaporative , EGR, catalytic converter efficiency? I have gotten a lot of cars to pass monitor tests and have friends that are well up on Mercedes problems if you can tell me which monitors presently don't pass.
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