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Default 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 11-25-2008 , 04:06 PM






1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading for
NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound
to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every 2
years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result for
NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not been a
problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe,
so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before
and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail
harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running
problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of
town when this happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail
harness was replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008
Emissions Test was performed at the same shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------






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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 11-25-2008 , 06:23 PM







Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the intake
manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is not
operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still vacuum
operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small cracks) or the
EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By the way, 4 years and
50K miles is about all you get from the EGR, especially if the engine burns
a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob


"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote

Quote:
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading for
NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound to
fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every 2
years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result for NOx
was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not been a
problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2 months
before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system cleaners over
this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe, so
the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before and
after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving. This
past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF transmission
fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this over concentrated
flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail harness
to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running problems with
my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of town when this
happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail harness was
replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008 Emissions Test
was performed at the same shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, - (not
done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, - (not
done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------






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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 11-27-2008 , 07:53 PM



Hi Bob
Thanks for your reply.

No service light is not on.

The original EGR valve gave me trouble back in 2004, not before then,
and lasted for about 9 years. What happened then was my car was stalling
when dropping the RPM on the engine, example decelerating and coming to
a stop. I had removed that EGR valve and cleaned it with carb cleaner...
the benefit lasted a couple of weeks then it began to stall again. I
replaced the EGR in Oct 2004 and have not had the same trouble since then.

Total mileage of my Saturn: 228,800 Km / 142,000 mil. (mostly highway)

Total mileage of my Saturn since the old EGR was replaced: 81,700 Km /
50,700 mil. (done @ 147,000 Km).

I cleaned the base where the EGR valve mounts, the breather hose or
crankcase vent hose, the throttle bore and plate, the hose to the PCV
valve and replaced the PCV valve. I did not take apart the intake
manifold. Do you mean to get at the gasket too? As I understand it, that
is a big job..... here is a link to a doc as I understand that you mean
by accessing this port. Am I right?

http://wiki.rockauto.com/2000%20SATURN%20SL%20SERIES%201.9L%20116cid%20L4%2 0FI%20(8)_Intake%20Manifold%20Gasket_0_0

The vacuum hoses and PCV grommet are in good shape.

Yes, this car does seem to burn alot of oil.... 1L every 2000 Km or so.

I'll remove the EGR valve to examine it this weekend and clean it w/
carb cleaner.... but it seems to be operating well at present.

Thanks, Roger


Bob Shuman wrote:
Quote:
Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the intake
manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is not
operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still vacuum
operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small cracks) or the
EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By the way, 4 years and
50K miles is about all you get from the EGR, especially if the engine burns
a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob


"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote in message
news:gghpda$17nk$1 (AT) news (DOT) ryerson.ca...
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading for
NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound to
fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every 2
years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result for NOx
was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not been a
problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2 months
before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system cleaners over
this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe, so
the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before and
after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving. This
past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF transmission
fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this over concentrated
flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail harness
to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running problems with
my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of town when this
happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail harness was
replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008 Emissions Test
was performed at the same shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, - (not
done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, - (not
done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------






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JimR
 
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 11-28-2008 , 01:20 PM



You've got to stop using Nitro while you are running it at the Funny Car
Circuit :-)

Sorry I can't offer any real help. I just went out to check the
emissions inspection reports on my 97 SL2, but for at least the last 4
years, they have not listed actual readings (here in CT), only pass/fail.

Good luck with yours.

JimR

Roger E wrote:
Quote:
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading for
NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound
to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every 2
years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result for
NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not been a
problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe,
so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before
and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail
harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running
problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of
town when this happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail
harness was replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008
Emissions Test was performed at the same shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------





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navaidstech
 
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 11-28-2008 , 09:40 PM



On Nov 25, 6:23 pm, "Bob Shuman" <no_spam_... (AT) sbcglobal (DOT) net> wrote:
Quote:
Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the intake
manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is not
operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still vacuum
operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small cracks) or the
EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By the way, 4 years and
50K miles is about all you get from the EGR, especially if the engine burns
a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob

Are you referring to a vacuum type EGR?
Mine is 17 years old with 330k miles on it and still gives me good
emission tests (except for the last one, it was a close pass - it
might fail the next one in a couple of months)

Alex



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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 12-01-2008 , 05:11 PM



Hi Bob

I removed my EGR valve on the weekend. There was a fair amount of carbon
in it, however the valve spring was not sticking. I did clean out the
valve holes and spring the best I could with carb cleaner/solvent. The
car still runs ok. I'm going to replace the 20 month old RC12YC Champion
spark plugs that are currently in the engine with RC14YC's, a spark plug
with a higher heat range.

I'm not sure if the problem is with the catalytic converter......
exhaust is flowing, no plugs in the pipe, and CO and HC test results
were always good. Maybe I should do another retest first, see if
cleaning the EGR valve, changing the spark plugs, and using 91 octane
gas works?

Thanks, Roger


Roger E wrote:
Quote:
Hi Bob
Thanks for your reply.

No service light is not on.

The original EGR valve gave me trouble back in 2004, not before then,
and lasted for about 9 years. What happened then was my car was stalling
when dropping the RPM on the engine, example decelerating and coming to
a stop. I had removed that EGR valve and cleaned it with carb cleaner...
the benefit lasted a couple of weeks then it began to stall again. I
replaced the EGR in Oct 2004 and have not had the same trouble since then.

Total mileage of my Saturn: 228,800 Km / 142,000 mil. (mostly highway)

Total mileage of my Saturn since the old EGR was replaced: 81,700 Km /
50,700 mil. (done @ 147,000 Km).

I cleaned the base where the EGR valve mounts, the breather hose or
crankcase vent hose, the throttle bore and plate, the hose to the PCV
valve and replaced the PCV valve. I did not take apart the intake
manifold. Do you mean to get at the gasket too? As I understand it, that
is a big job..... here is a link to a doc as I understand that you mean
by accessing this port. Am I right?

http://wiki.rockauto.com/2000%20SATURN%20SL%20SERIES%201.9L%20116cid%20L4%2 0FI%20(8)_Intake%20Manifold%20Gasket_0_0


The vacuum hoses and PCV grommet are in good shape.

Yes, this car does seem to burn alot of oil.... 1L every 2000 Km or so.

I'll remove the EGR valve to examine it this weekend and clean it w/
carb cleaner.... but it seems to be operating well at present.

Thanks, Roger


Bob Shuman wrote:
Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the
intake manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is
not operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still
vacuum operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small
cracks) or the EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By
the way, 4 years and 50K miles is about all you get from the EGR,
especially if the engine burns a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob


"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote in message
news:gghpda$17nk$1 (AT) news (DOT) ryerson.ca...
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading
for NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are
bound to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done
every 2 years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the
result for NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements
have not been a problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this
is possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC
and CO readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my
tailpipe, so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe
pressure before and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap
them properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion
brand RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or
iridium plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I
did clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my
accessory belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The
pigtail harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused
running problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was
stranded out of town when this happened and took the car to a shop
where this pigtail harness was replaced. Engine was running fine
thereafter and this 2008 Emissions Test was performed at the same
shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit
1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -,
- (not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit
1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit
1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------







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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 12-01-2008 , 07:57 PM



Roger,

It might be worth re-checking the NO emissions before you do any more work.
The blocked passages could have been the root issue here. When you had the
EGR out, did you also verify that the vacuum control was working properly
(since failure in the diaphragm and/or the vacuum hose are common for that
vintage)?

On the higher heat range plugs, I personally do not believe those are your
problem. I would make sure they are clean and gapped properly though since
the carbon you saw in the manifold from the oil consumption is likely also
on those plugs too.

On the high octane fuel, in my opinion this will not do anything to help you
since that year Saturn did not use computer advanced timing to allow you to
get any advantage from the higher octane. (If anything, it might even cause
the vehicle to run worse. At best, all you are doing is paying more for the
fuel.)

Good luck and let us know what you find is the problem.

Bob





"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote

Quote:
Hi Bob

I removed my EGR valve on the weekend. There was a fair amount of carbon
in it, however the valve spring was not sticking. I did clean out the
valve holes and spring the best I could with carb cleaner/solvent. The car
still runs ok. I'm going to replace the 20 month old RC12YC Champion spark
plugs that are currently in the engine with RC14YC's, a spark plug with a
higher heat range.

I'm not sure if the problem is with the catalytic converter...... exhaust
is flowing, no plugs in the pipe, and CO and HC test results were always
good. Maybe I should do another retest first, see if cleaning the EGR
valve, changing the spark plugs, and using 91 octane gas works?

Thanks, Roger


Roger E wrote:
Hi Bob
Thanks for your reply.

No service light is not on.

The original EGR valve gave me trouble back in 2004, not before then, and
lasted for about 9 years. What happened then was my car was stalling when
dropping the RPM on the engine, example decelerating and coming to a
stop. I had removed that EGR valve and cleaned it with carb cleaner...
the benefit lasted a couple of weeks then it began to stall again. I
replaced the EGR in Oct 2004 and have not had the same trouble since
then.

Total mileage of my Saturn: 228,800 Km / 142,000 mil. (mostly highway)

Total mileage of my Saturn since the old EGR was replaced: 81,700 Km /
50,700 mil. (done @ 147,000 Km).

I cleaned the base where the EGR valve mounts, the breather hose or
crankcase vent hose, the throttle bore and plate, the hose to the PCV
valve and replaced the PCV valve. I did not take apart the intake
manifold. Do you mean to get at the gasket too? As I understand it, that
is a big job..... here is a link to a doc as I understand that you mean
by accessing this port. Am I right?

http://wiki.rockauto.com/2000%20SATURN%20SL%20SERIES%201.9L%20116cid%20L4%2 0FI%20(8)_Intake%20Manifold%20Gasket_0_0
The vacuum hoses and PCV grommet are in good shape.

Yes, this car does seem to burn alot of oil.... 1L every 2000 Km or so.

I'll remove the EGR valve to examine it this weekend and clean it w/ carb
cleaner.... but it seems to be operating well at present.

Thanks, Roger


Bob Shuman wrote:
Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the
intake manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is
not operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still vacuum
operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small cracks) or
the EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By the way, 4
years and 50K miles is about all you get from the EGR, especially if the
engine burns a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob


"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote in message
news:gghpda$17nk$1 (AT) news (DOT) ryerson.ca...
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading
for NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound
to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every
2 years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result
for NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not
been a problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe,
so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before
and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail
harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running
problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of
town when this happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail
harness was replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008
Emissions Test was performed at the same shop immediately after the
repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------









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Roger
 
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 12-03-2008 , 10:41 AM



Thanks Bob
I did not check the vacuum control. How does one do that? I'll research
this... http://www.asashop.org/autoinc/dec97/egr.htm

Cheers, Roger

Bob Shuman wrote:
Quote:
Roger,

It might be worth re-checking the NO emissions before you do any more work.
The blocked passages could have been the root issue here. When you had the
EGR out, did you also verify that the vacuum control was working properly
(since failure in the diaphragm and/or the vacuum hose are common for that
vintage)?

On the higher heat range plugs, I personally do not believe those are your
problem. I would make sure they are clean and gapped properly though since
the carbon you saw in the manifold from the oil consumption is likely also
on those plugs too.

On the high octane fuel, in my opinion this will not do anything to help you
since that year Saturn did not use computer advanced timing to allow you to
get any advantage from the higher octane. (If anything, it might even cause
the vehicle to run worse. At best, all you are doing is paying more for the
fuel.)

Good luck and let us know what you find is the problem.

Bob





"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote in message
news:gh1nfj$12me$1 (AT) news (DOT) ryerson.ca...
Hi Bob

I removed my EGR valve on the weekend. There was a fair amount of carbon
in it, however the valve spring was not sticking. I did clean out the
valve holes and spring the best I could with carb cleaner/solvent. The car
still runs ok. I'm going to replace the 20 month old RC12YC Champion spark
plugs that are currently in the engine with RC14YC's, a spark plug with a
higher heat range.

I'm not sure if the problem is with the catalytic converter...... exhaust
is flowing, no plugs in the pipe, and CO and HC test results were always
good. Maybe I should do another retest first, see if cleaning the EGR
valve, changing the spark plugs, and using 91 octane gas works?

Thanks, Roger


Roger E wrote:
Hi Bob
Thanks for your reply.

No service light is not on.

The original EGR valve gave me trouble back in 2004, not before then, and
lasted for about 9 years. What happened then was my car was stalling when
dropping the RPM on the engine, example decelerating and coming to a
stop. I had removed that EGR valve and cleaned it with carb cleaner...
the benefit lasted a couple of weeks then it began to stall again. I
replaced the EGR in Oct 2004 and have not had the same trouble since
then.

Total mileage of my Saturn: 228,800 Km / 142,000 mil. (mostly highway)

Total mileage of my Saturn since the old EGR was replaced: 81,700 Km /
50,700 mil. (done @ 147,000 Km).

I cleaned the base where the EGR valve mounts, the breather hose or
crankcase vent hose, the throttle bore and plate, the hose to the PCV
valve and replaced the PCV valve. I did not take apart the intake
manifold. Do you mean to get at the gasket too? As I understand it, that
is a big job..... here is a link to a doc as I understand that you mean
by accessing this port. Am I right?

http://wiki.rockauto.com/2000%20SATURN%20SL%20SERIES%201.9L%20116cid%20L4%2 0FI%20(8)_Intake%20Manifold%20Gasket_0_0
The vacuum hoses and PCV grommet are in good shape.

Yes, this car does seem to burn alot of oil.... 1L every 2000 Km or so.

I'll remove the EGR valve to examine it this weekend and clean it w/ carb
cleaner.... but it seems to be operating well at present.

Thanks, Roger


Bob Shuman wrote:
Roger,

I have a few questions and a comment:

Is the Service Engine Light lit? (You do not say...)
Why do you think "the EGR valve is fine?"
How many total miles on the engine/vehicle?
How many miles in the 4+ years since the old EGR was replaced?
When you replaced the EGR valve, did you also thoroughly clean the
intake manifold port?

Based on the symptoms you describe, I'd personally suspect the EGR is
not operating correctly (if I recall correctly, the '95 was still vacuum
operated so look at the rubber hose and diaphragm for small cracks) or
the EGR passage in the manifold is partially blocked. By the way, 4
years and 50K miles is about all you get from the EGR, especially if the
engine burns a good deal of oil.

Good luck.

Bob


"Roger E" <rogerehrl (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote in message
news:gghpda$17nk$1 (AT) news (DOT) ryerson.ca...
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading
for NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound
to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every
2 years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result
for NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not
been a problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe,
so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before
and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail
harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running
problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of
town when this happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail
harness was replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008
Emissions Test was performed at the same shop immediately after the
repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200,
pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1,
pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------








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danielr
 
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx - 12-03-2008 , 09:00 PM



On Nov 28, 1:20*pm, JimR <kd1... (AT) notmyemail (DOT) com> wrote:
Quote:
You've got to stop using Nitro while you are running it at the Funny Car
Circuit :-)

Sorry I can't offer any real help. *I just went out to check the
emissions inspection reports on my 97 SL2, but for at least the last 4
years, they have not listed actual readings (here in CT), only pass/fail.

Good luck with yours.

JimR



Roger E wrote:
1995 Saturn SL1 fail Emissions Test for high NOx

Car: 1995 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 1.9L.

Symptom: Drive Clean Emissions Inspection Report show failed reading for
NO ppm:

Another headache.... ok my Saturn is 14 years old, so things are bound
to fail on it.

I’ve included my last three Emissions Tests results below, (done every 2
years). In 2006 my NOx result was a close pass. In 2008 the result for
NOx was a bad fail. However the HC and CO measurements have not been a
problem.

The info included suggests for high NOx on driving test...

1.-inoperative EGR... my EGR valve is fine, not the original, I did
replace it with a new one 4 years ago.

2.-excessive lean air/fuel ratio... I did replace the air filter 2
months before the test. I have used fuel injector and fuel system
cleaners over this year

3.-malfunctioning catalytic converter - 3-way catalyst only.... this is
possible with the age of the car, but I would think that the HC and CO
readings would be higher too? There is good exhaust out of my tailpipe,
so the cat is not plugged. I did not measure the pipe pressure before
and after the cat though.

4.-excessive spark advance... I change the spark plugs myself, gap them
properly at 0.040”, the current four are one year old, Champion brand
RC12YC, traditional flat copper core. *I do not use platinum or iridium
plugs.

5.-faulty thermostatic air cleaner system.... air filter is new, I did
clean the throttle body valve this summer.

6.-engine deposits or mechanical defect..... my engine runs and idles
well. I do oil changes every 5000 - 7000 Km, mostly highway driving.
This past summer I did do a mild engine flush using 1 L of ATF
transmission fluid before an oil change. Folks have recommended this
over concentrated flush chemicals, never had problems.

7.-faulty cooling system... I did replace a failed water pump in
September, coolant was flushed and replaced. I did replace my accessory
belt. I also replaced a faulty temp sensor in July’08. The pigtail
harness to this coolant temp sensor was corroded and caused running
problems with my engine 2 weeks ago (stalling). I was stranded out of
town when this happened and took the car to a shop where this pigtail
harness was replaced. Engine was running fine thereafter and this 2008
Emissions Test was performed at the same shop immediately after the repair.

Any suggestions? .... Much appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

Three Emissions Tests results...
---------------------------------------------------------------------------*-----------------------------

Results: Nov 2008

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 23, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 53, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.00, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 1149, limit 576, FAIL; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1780, Dilution 14.41, valid
@ Idle, RPM 745, Dilution 12.80, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 4.54
---------------------------------------------------------------------------*-----------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------*-----------------------------

Results: 2006

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 7, limit 75, pass; @ Idle, 20, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.01, limit 0.42, pass; @ Idle, 0.16, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 550, limit 576, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 2858, Dilution 14.2, valid
@ Idle, RPM 751, Dilution 12.6, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.53
---------------------------------------------------------------------------*-----------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------*-----------------------------

Results: 2004

HC ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 33, limit 86, pass; @ Idle, 196, limit 200, pass

CO % @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 0.02, limit 0.48, pass; @ Idle, 0.33, limit 1, pass

NO ppm @ 40Km/h ASM 2525, 301, limit 663, pass; @ Idle, -, limit -, -
(not done)

@ 40Km/h RPM 1982, Dilution 14.9, valid
@ Idle, RPM 760, Dilution 13.20, valid

Analyzer Software Version: 3.16
---------------------------------------------------------------------------*------------------------------ Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -
I hope this helps:
I have a SL1, 1997, SOHC, 171000 KM.
I ONLY use Synthetic oil Mobil 5W30 (good deal @ Costco), changed
every 5000 Km. I ONLY use the K&N oil filter. I prefer to invest in
preventive maintenance.
Every couple of years (here in Toronto, Canada), I must have it
emission test certified for at time of license renewal, which is the
date of my birthday (February! Bloody Winter cool!).
The tric I use (again, just my situation, which might apply to you or
not), is to have the engine VERY hot before going to testsite, and
change the PCV valve (regardless how good it mght look from outside),
a couple of hours before.
Also, I fill the tank with the highest octane gasoilne.
Regulations here require the testing of leakage from the gas tank cup.
I have another cup (brand new), which I ONLY use at test time, to swap
few hours before the test.
Somehow (yes; folks; I'm knocking wood), seems to have helped.
Good luck.


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