can you pass e-check with a check engine light on?
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    can you pass e-check with a check engine light on?

    don't know what other states have this, but for us Ohioans we have to have emmissions check every two years.

    Anyone know if you can pass e-check with a check engine light on?

    Thanks!

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    I know in Northern Va(DC Metro Area) that a check engine light is an automatic refuse to test until it is taken care of. I'm glad that there is no emissions testing outside of that area.

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    thanks, you'd think they'd let you do it, since you'll have to pay the same darn fee

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    they will not even pull the car into the test bay with a check engine light on because it can invalidate the test. A check engine light could be a lean condition due to vacuum leak or a o2 sensor problem to name a couple. If you have an autozone near, they can pull the code for the light(tells you what the problem is) and clear it from memory.

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    Re: can you pass e-check with a check engine light on?

    Quote Originally Posted by YoSteve
    don't know what other states have this, but for us Ohioans we have to have emmissions check every two years.

    Anyone know if you can pass e-check with a check engine light on?

    Thanks!
    Disconect your batteries for couple hours and then put it back, check light will be gone but then comes back again. It will be out for couple hours if you will drive under 3000rpm it will last you about 2 hours. I did it on my car and it works on 2000 Passat 1.8t. Of course its not a best solution but works sometimes

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    The last time I had to register the passat my check engine light was on and they didn't say anything about it here. They even plugged a OBD tool into the car while the test was being run. Maybe I was just lucky. By the way the CEL turned out to be nothing.

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    Also you can open your door. Turn your key to auxilary. dont start. Leave it for about 3 or 4 min. This process will reset your check engine light

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    just hook it up to a vagcom...someone has to have one in your area.

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    In Connecticut they won't even test the car if it is on. That being said, before you go disconnect the negative (black) terminal from the battery for 30 min. Connect it and go for the test. It will take 3-4 engine starts for the CEL to come back on, if it does at all. This is effectivly resetting your ECU. That should get you through the test.

    One warning, it will reset your tip if you have it and the auto up on the windows won't work. To fix that put the windows all the way down, then all the way up again. The auto up will now work again.

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    In my case, the Maryland emissions station couldn't connect to a VW obd port, so I got a 2 year waiver! mine will be gone by then.

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