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Old 05-03-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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I am not sure whether this thread belongs to this Dallas specific forum or Automotive one.
I live in Plano and the state inspection of my car is due. It is a 1999 Honda Accord EX. Suddenly the check engine light has come on since 2 days back and most probably i know the reason is gas cap. This has occurred before and after tightening it, the light usually goes off after some time.
As of now yesterday morning i had tightened the gas cap and have driven about 25 miles till now but the light has still not gone away.
I need to know that in worst case if the light does not go for next few days and i go for the state inspection of my vehicle, will they FAIL it ?
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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It will automatically fail if the light is on.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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The most cause of the dreaded "check engine light" is a failed O2 sensor. It's a cheap fix and you may be able to do it at the same place as the inspection. I have had good experiences at the quick lube places where I get an oil change. Make sure you bring your proof of insurance.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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Yes, they will fail it. They will also fail it if you reset the car battery in an attempt to reset the light. Although I guess it all depends on the inspector...if you "know a guy" you might be able to get away with it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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Take your vehicle to the nearest AUTOZONE auto parts store and ask them to do a quick check with their computer.
Within five minutes you may have your answer so you can save yourself the headache
and a large auto repair bill.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Actually oil change for my car is due and i am planning to go for the same may be on monday (so i get some time to monitor this CEL).
I was thinking about telling that guy there to reset the light.
Btw i have read that after doing the reset (by disconnecting battery or something) the OBD code will show NOT READY or something but if i then drive my car for sufficient miles and CEL does not come then i guess i would be fine to go for the inspection ?
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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Take your vehicle to the nearest AUTOZONE auto parts store and ask them to do a quick check with their computer.
Within five minutes you may have your answer so you can save yourself the headache
and a large auto repair bill.

Yeah i have a Oreilley auto parts just besides where i work and they too do a error code reading.
Last time i had got that done and they gave me 2 error codes but on that very day i removed and tightened back the gas cap and the light went off after 1-2 days.
So i am kind of confused how reliable those codes are.

I am just going to go now and get the reading done and report back.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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Just back. The error code was P1456. I am 100% sure this is the same error code i received few months back and the issue was same, gas cap.
I have just now removed the cap and put it back and tightened to 4 clicks. Also the Oreilley parts store person cleared the code so i got no check engine light.
But i guess that puts the computer on board in NOT READY or some status which means i cannot still go for inspection.
So how many miles i need to drive before that NOT READY goes away and i can go for inspection ?
This is assuming the Check Engine does not come back.

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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For OBD2 cars, you typically have to drive the vehicle around 50 miles before it will log that it is ready. If your gas cap is leaking a bit, sometimes you can do this. Get a piece of electrical tape and wrap it around the gas tank nozzle, then carefully screw the cap on over it. It's not intended to be a long term fix, but for a small leak to pass inspection, that will hopefully seal up a cap that may be a little worn.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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I would suggest you go to Honda dealership and buy a new factory gas cap. We had the same problem with my wifes Chevy Equinox. I put a aftermarket gas cap on it and the light stayed on. I took it to several shops and the dealer and no one could get the light to come off. Did a google search and found this truck needed a new factory gas cap. Installed the cap and the light went off in 3 minutes. I felt like such a fool for not just replacing the cap in the first place. Oh yeah the dealership simply turned the check engine light off for a couple of days until it passed inspection. I paid $125 for this <GRRRRRRR>
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