What can I do to pass the damned State of Connecticut Emissions test?
My car has been well maintained, and has always passed these tests previously, with no problems.
It is running fine, and has no apparent operational problems.
I have taken my car (1999 Saturn SW2 wagon) in to be tested 7 times (Midas Muffler in Canton, CT), and failed every time!
The first time, I was told that the computer had to be reset.
I went to the repair outlet that I normally use, and after inspecting the failed test report; I was told that I should just drive the car some more, preferably with some of that driving at highway speeds. I did that and failed the test again. I was told at the testing site (Midas Muffler) that I needed to drive the car some more and try again. I did that and failed again.
I repeated the same routine, and received the same subsequent test failure several more times. Midas Muffler kept telling me that ?the car wasn?t ready?, and that the computer had not ?reset? yet.
(The car has been driven over 700 miles since the first test failure to the most recent.)
Midas Muffler then provided me with the State of CT ?OBD II Dive Cycle? test that I religiously performed, and then went for another Emissions test, that resulted in yet another failure!
Midas Muffler then gave me a phone number to call at the State of Connecticut DMV to seek help.
I did that and the person I spoke to, asked what type car it was, and after being told; he said that I might want to change the thermostat, and have the car retested.
This seemed pretty silly to me as the existing thermostat seemed to be working fine, but for lack of anything better to try; the thermostat was replaced with a new (high temperature) unit.
Went for another emissions test and failed again!
This has truly become a nightmare!
Can anyone offer any help that might result in my car being able to pass this idiotic emissions test?