I’m trying to figure out how to make my EKG monitor kick in to pass smog. The deadline was, well, today, and I’ve been driving my car A LOT in the past 1.5 months to try to make it show up. The people that did the original repair work have been really kind but ultimately don’t know what to say besides “just drive it more! Maybe another 50 miles!” Same with the smog place. Same with the dealership. It’s a 2000 chevy malibu. This thing where the monitor just fails to show up doesn’t seem to have any real fixes that I’ve found, besides some creative techniques for driving like taking the car from a full stop to 50 mph and cruising for 3 minutes and then doing it again…which I did this weekend. But maybe I need to keep trying different/other specific driving things?
Basically I’d like to know if there’s anything I didn’t consider here, because I’m not really sure what to do next. I would feel silly taking it to a different car repair place knowing they would likely just repeat the advice to drive it more. I would also feel silly getting a new car when this one is working perfectly and I just put a decent chunk of change in it to fix some things to make it pass smog (which cleared the monitor codes in the first place). So like, does anyone know some actionable items I can do with this thing that isn’t supposed to be happening but is totally happening?