Thanks caddyman. I always thought the engine was the same for 1998-2002 Continentals. Tom418 suggested the waiver route. I looked it up and it is only for emissions control tests. Question is, is the check engine light and/or the IMRC part of an emissions test? Even so,the check engine light being stuck on could mask other problems and on that point a waiver may not be given. I will check with the dealer this week and also try to get a look at the repair manual.
On another point, it would help the medicine go down if I could get a new car to replace the old one. I tried a 2017 Continental and had a problem squeezing through the doorway. I am 6’5" and have a problem with headroom in the modern sedans. Besides, it costs $60,000 with sales tax and all.So I would have to go to a SUV. But I have 2 months left before inspection so will keep looking for a solution that lets me keep the car.