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Old 02-22-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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drive cycle to clear computer

Does anyone know what the drive cycle is to clear the computer to get the vehicle inspected? I fixed the problem that kicked on the check engine light, and need to cycle it to get the light off to pass. Is there a shortcut?
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:08 PM   #2
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Nope - all the monitors have to run. They will go in with the scanner and make sure all the monitors ran. Just drive it about 500 miles

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Old 02-22-2007, 10:19 PM   #3
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Thx for the reply. I have an appt for an inspection tomorrow and was hoping that someone from Ford had leaked a shortcut, lol. All I can get for info is you have to drive a certain amt of miles at 55, so many under 40 and that stuff. I guess I will just keep driving....Sorry for the double post. I wasn't sure which forum to put the question in...
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:25 AM   #4
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Thx for the reply. I have an appt for an inspection tomorrow and was hoping that someone from Ford had leaked a shortcut, lol. All I can get for info is you have to drive a certain amt of miles at 55, so many under 40 and that stuff. I guess I will just keep driving....Sorry for the double post. I wasn't sure which forum to put the question in...
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Old 02-23-2007, 02:37 PM   #5
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I wanted to post this on here because a Ford technician was nice enough to give me this information. Here is what needs to be done to load all the parameters in your computer so your vehicle will pass inspection after your check engine light problem has been fixed. This will work for all explorers 1996 and up. Here is what you do. This will save you from having to drive 3 or 4 hundred miles to load the computer.....

1. The gas has to be between 1/4 and 3/4 full. Not above or below.

2. Start the vehicle and put it in drive and hold the brake.

3. Turn on the air conditioner and the rear defroster.

4. Sit in drive for 2 minutes.

5. Turn off AC and rear defroster.

6. Drive the vehicle up to 55 mph.

7. Decellerate down to 20 MPH, do not touch the gas or the brake.

8. You must do this 3 times and let the vehicle get cold between cycles.

I did this today and my vehicle passed inspection. I hope this helps others that need to get their rigs inspected and dont want to drive around for a couple hundred miles.....

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Old 02-23-2007, 02:38 PM   #6
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How do you know you fixed the problem that set the CEL?


If the problem is not fixed, the check engine light will kick back on again....
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I had an exhaust put on my 96 Explorer and now the check engine light is on.
I'll give this a try before the inspection, Thanks
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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I had an exhaust put on my 96 Explorer and now the check engine light is on.
I'll give this a try before the inspection, Thanks
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It worked and the light is off

THANK YOU !!
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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The manual states

In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass an I/M test of

the on-board diagnostic (OBD-II) system. If your “Check Engine/Service

Engine Soon” light is on, refer to the description in theWarning Lights

and Chimessection of theInstrumentationchapter. Your vehicle may

not pass the I/M test with the “Check Engine/Service Engine Soon” light

on.

If the vehicle’s powertrain system or its battery has just been serviced,

the OBD-II system is reset to a “not ready for I/M test” condition. To

ready the OBD-II system for I/M testing, a minimum of 30 minutes of city

and highway driving is necessary as described below:

²First, at least 10 minutes of driving on an expressway or highway.

²Next, at least 20 minutes driving in stop-and-go, city-type traffic with

at least four idle periods.

Allow the vehicle to sit for at least eight hours without starting the

engine. Then, start the engine and complete the above driving cycle. The

engine must warm up to its normal operating temperature. Once started,

do not turn off the engine until the above driving cycle is complete.[
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:37 AM   #10
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I have access to complete drive cycle through M+. PM email and I can send entire thing
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