1999 Ford Ranger smog test

Tiny
RKFISH49
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  • 1999 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 105,000 MILES
Had a battery problem, had it out for a week or two, and the smog test failed because the computer lost all the info. Test center gave me a test sheet to follow and put 200 miles on the truck no computer memory yet. The emmisions were fine ,just the last test which I have no computer readings for the test.
Very frustrating because I have a buyer and can't sell
Rick


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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 6:32 PM

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Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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I understand your frustration, and thank you for donating. The OBDII requirement for the monitors to run to completion is slightly different for every vehicle manufacturer. Typically it requires running from cold, allowing it to idle for a period of time(usually just a minute) and driving the vehicle for about 20 minutes without exceeding a pre-determined engine speed(3000 RPM) My method usually involved a run on the freeway for 10 minutes, get off and drive city streets for a mile or so and back on the freeway and back to the shop, and by then the required number of monitors would run to completion and I could smog the car. To exceed the requirements or in other words to go too fast or rev the engine too high cancels the ability to complete the monitors for that drive cycle. Having said that, I do not know what is on the instruction sheet they supplied you at the smog station, I am going to guess it says the same as what I just said. If the monitors will not run to completion, there may be other factors I am unaware of. I invite our other moderators to join in to the conversation in case there is something I am overlooking, hang in there mate.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 10:21 AM
Tiny
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The requirements given to me:
MIL must be off
fuel level between 15% and 85%
NO ECT, IAT, CPS, TPS, OR VSS DTCs(whatever this means)
IAT 40 & 100 degrees F
engine load between 20 & 70%
idle load between 20 & 35%
Time since start up 330 seconds, not to exceed 1800 seconds
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 11:01 AM
Tiny
HMAC300
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There are only a couple of things I can suggest to do with this problem. I do not know Fords that well to begin with although I worked on them for a long time. But the only thing I can tell you is to clean your all your grounds that you can find, especially the engine and body grounds. This could be preventing your computer to read correctly. Also if that doesn' thelp you may have to drag the truck back tot he dealer and see if they can reprogram your computer, especially if you have added on one of the aftermarket computer reprogrammers.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
RKFISH49
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Thank you very much your advise on running the truck for 10 min on freeway and in town for a mile or two and back on the freeway for 10min. Did the trick. I thank you so much, got smog test pass today.
Thanks again
Rick
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.
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