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Old 05-17-2010, 05:17 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Nj DMV car inspection

SO my car is in good condition. I have a 99 Honda Civic. I have put new tires, had work done on transmission and exhaust, changed oil and had some flushes done to maintain it, etc. Everything is in working order but that damn check engine light won't turn off. Am I going to fail inspection because of that?

SHould I do a tune up? Do you think that would help?
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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Yes, it probably will fail, and no, don't get a tune up. Check engine lights usually signal something wrong with emissions or sensors, not the engine itself. Mine goes on and I always get told it's my oxygen sensor, which I never fix, and at some point it goes off again. There are many places which will read the code (that tells why the light is on) for free. My local gas station/mechanic shop does it. They tell me what it says, I say "ok, I'll think about getting it fixed" and leave. You can always get it inspected at the same place you get it checked, since you were prepared to pay something for it anyway. If you can try to wait and see if it goes off. They usually only stay on for a specific code for a limited time, then it stops lighting up.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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AutoZone will tell you what the check engine light means for free.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: NJ
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You WILL fail, I just did, LOL. In fact, I got my car fixed and they put the new sticker on it, you know what the back of it says? "If it's on, you're out" (meaning the check engine light). I actually disconnected the battery before inspection so the light was off, but it reset the computer so they couldn't get a good reading (it takes about 100 miles before you can get valid readings again). That's "technically" why I failed. Mine was the oxygen sensor, it was lit for years, but I had to finally bite the bullet and fix it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yup..no doubt you will fail if that check engine lite is on..I failed a few months ago on that problem. 2001 Ford Van..even Ford couldn't find out the problem why that lite stayed on ( true its emmission/sensor related).

What I did..the lite is in the lower right of my dashboard...I placed black electrial tape over it so you can't see it..I passed.

Just to say this is another reason why I'm happy that vehicle inspections in NJ will be emission tests only....no more check everything out on vehicle (be up to you to make it safe now or get a ticket from the police).

If you can get behind the dashboard..remove that damm check engine lite bulb!

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Old 05-17-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Yup..no doubt you will fail if that check engine lite is on..I failed a few months ago on that problem. 2001 Ford Van..even Ford couldn't find out the problem why that lite stayed on ( true its emmission/sensor related).

What I did..the lite is in the lower right of my dashboard...I placed black electrial tape over it so you can't see it..I passed.

Just to say this is another reason why I'm happy that vehicle inspections in NJ will be emission tests only....no more check everything out on vehicle (be up to you to make it safe now or get a ticket from the police).

If you can get behind the dashboard..remove that damm check engine lite bulb!

I think I will try that tomorrow! Good thinking!

I did that once with a broken tail light after I got a ticket. I put red tape over it until I was able to fix it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Yes you will fail for a check engine light; however that's only the first hurdle.

A "proper" inspection will include connecting into the J1850 OBDII (On Board Diagnostics Level Two) connector usually located on the underside of the dash near the drivers left leg. Even if the light is out (masked etc) the computer will still indicate a fault, and....you fail.

Lots of places will connect their diagnostic tool and tell you the problem for free hoping of course to then get the work. I have a little module that connects via USB port to my lap top and will read out the codes and tell you...in plain non-techno speak..what's up; and clear the light if you want to btw.

BTW...you're not doing yourself any favors by ignoring the light. Yes one of the most common conditions that sets the check engine light now-a-days is a bad oxygen sensor. When the sensor goes bad the engine computer defaults to predefined settings rather than dynamically adjusting to current conditions (ambient temp,throttle position etc, etc. The result is a decrease (albeit sometimes small) in engine performance and that includes gas mileage.

Pay the mechanic...or pay at the pump...


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Old 05-17-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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If you can wait or get away with it until July 1st (still on the drawing boards though). NJ is stopping auto inspections ( all but emission tests).

"Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez told lawmakers earlier this week that the plan could take effect July 1.
It would make New Jersey the 30th state that doesn't perform mechanical defect inspections."
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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Find out why the check engine light is on for free at Autozone. It could be a bad connection at the oxygen sensor wiring harness for example or another sensor that just needs to be jiggled around to fix. If oxygen sensor is bad or any of the the other sensors involved in the car's main computer's decision on how much fuel to supply engine what happens is car will default to a pig rich setting meaning fuel mileage can suffer as much as 35%. Believe me I know from experience with my car going from 23 mpg to 18 mpg because of a loose wire connection on the coolant temp sensor. If oxygen sensor is bad try oxygensensors.com and got mine for $50 and installed myself which was easy. In addition to possibly wasting a fortune in gas you could also be harming the engine so best to find out why check engine light is on and most cars today and especially Honda's if taken care of properly will run 15-20+ yrs easily and a '99 Civic is still just a baby and has many more yrs to run


Just so you know on a civic with a 12 gallon gas tank a 30% reduction in fuel mileage will cost you about $10 every tank driven so def not good

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Old 05-18-2010, 01:20 AM
 
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So mechanical inspections are going to be no more BUT will cars still go on the rollers to check emmisions or are they going to check at idle with car stopped -or- just look to see if check engine light is on/plug into obd connector
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