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Old 09-13-2007, 12:31 AM
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Just failed CA Smog/Emmisions...here are my results

I just moved to CA and failed the dreaded Smog inspection for the 2nd time on my 1992 300TE with 215k. Because of the 1rst fail, I replaced the oxygen sensor, the EGR valve and the EGR tube, so I was really bummed to have failed again!

Also, I just had an oil change last week and within the last 6,000 miles I had new plugs, new air cleaner, new rotor,new distributer cap, new fuel filter.

I just bought a bottle of Guarantee to Pass and will try running the car on the freeway before the recheck (as suggested on other threads.)

Anyone else have any advice? My insurance company is threatening to cancel me if I don't get the car re-registered....grrrr! Any help would be VERY appreciated! Thanks.

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Old 09-13-2007, 06:20 AM
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I feel ya! Mine failed for the second time yesterday! I too had the EGR replaced and the EGR tubed cleaned. Despite running and idling marvelously, it did better but still barely failed the HC low and high speed tests!

I couldn't see the numbers on our chart well enough, but at ths point, I would venture that the cat is in need of replacement...not unlikely due to the mileage you've logged (on the original?). I'm staring down the same issue.

I noticed the words DISCONNECTED on a couple of places on the sheet...I know CA is pretty harsh on visual inspection. Is the smog pump disabled or are there critical smog components missing in the engine compartment?
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Yeah, that sheet is pretty hard to read. You might post a close-up of the important part. In order for the emissions stuff to work it has to all be there and connected!! Maybe that is the problem?

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Old 09-13-2007, 12:07 PM
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CA smog check

Guys,
I have a '87 300E with 200K and a '95 E420 with 108K. They both are registered in the same month (lucky me). Both required smog checks. I took them one at a time to my indie. He leans out the mixture, takes the car to the smog check, gets it passed, returns the mixture to normal and gives me the paperwork. Costs about $100. Both cars have the original cat muffler. The O2 sensors have about 30 and 50K respectively.
I wouldn't think about going it alone and trhrowing parts at your car. Let your mechanic handle it.

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Old 09-13-2007, 12:45 PM
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Oh sorry, yeah that is hard to read!

At the inspection, the vacuum line to the EGR valve was dislodged (probably from all the work I had been doing on the car) when I got home I reconnected, no biggie.

Here are the numbers:

at 15mph (1551 rpm) HC(PPM) 102/277/209 CO% .68/2.18/3.26

I was labeled a Gross Polluter!

Any ideas?
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:09 PM
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Ouch



Gross Polluter is not something you want to be labled with in CA...

Hope you get it resolved...

Check your numbers
they don.;t look riight

should be
max av meas...
measure has to be under max

your numbers listed don't make sense.

See what part/s you failed at

bring reprot to a mechanic

O2 sensor is one thing changed on my volvo that worked for pass
then the cat went...

Your cat might be fouled...

Looking at my smog

Odd RPM
15 mph 1370
25 mph 1341

wonder why lower rpm on higher mph?

it can't be

My HC CO & NO were all much lower than that measured on my 88 Volvo.

I know the history of this car
It seems to fail every first smog
well has for last about 10 years

So I'm wondering about this smog
Doesn't at all seem possible
but I'm not complaining...
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:21 PM
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Just got back from seeing my indy...I need a new cat

$800, but I get a pass certificate as soon as the work is done...Ugh! Glad my other Mercedes is a Diesel!!!
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:25 PM
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Just got back from seeing my indy...I need a new cat

$800, but I get a pass certificate as soon as the work is done...Ugh! Glad my other Mercedes is a Diesel!!!
Well hope he's right & your all set

Thats what cats cost
even a Volvo spec
I got a aftermarket for $300 on the Volvo
but if its a benz
get the benz as if you use the car alot
you may have to end up changing the aftermarket again
Thats $600 plus 2 labors
Best to get it done once & it should be good for another 10 15 years..lests hope
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If you are a member of AAA in California, it is worthwhile to get your car smogged at their shop because if you fail, they will work with you and tell you what needs to be done to pass. You are a member and they treat you as such.

I had a Blazer that simply wouldn't pass. They must have put in 30 man hours working on that vehicle, without charge. Turned out it required a new chip - highly unusual.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:31 AM
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It is not only about $$$, BUT with any governmental organization, it is ALSO about routes and structures, and knowing about how to navigate them.

This is the California government's smog check website, which is a good place to read, to get started.

http://smogcheck.ca.gov/StdPage.asp?Body=/Smogcheck/imagp.htm

Good luck, and let us know what happens

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