Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Santa Barbara, CA.
Ferrari Life Posts: 199
99 failed CA smog for 3 odbII monitors out
My 1999 360 failed CA smog because I have 3 ODBII monitors out. The car is new to me, I purchased it last week in AZ and it did pass the AZ smog test about a month ago when all the ODBII monitors were on. The day I purchased the car, the battery was dead and the previous owner purchased and installed a new battery, so that reset all the monitors.
I then drove the 400 or so miles home and I have about 700 more miles on the car since then.
When I went to get smog'd the guy tested the ODBII first and only 2 monitors were out, the car passed the exhaust test with flying colors and then failed the ODBII test, the Evap monitor is going on/off seemingly randomly, he tried 5 times total to "time" the test when the monitor would be on, so I have 5 fails in one day and finally gave up. I then drove to Ferrari in L.A. and they said "sorry, just have to keep driving until the monitors come on" and they gave me the "drive cycle" instructions. I have a hard time following exactly the drive cycle but I have successfully done it 3 times so far, the other 2 times I mist-timed it and got stuck at a red light in the middle of the drive cycle. I am daily driving the car trying to get the monitors on and purchased a ODBII scanner, at first the evap would go on/off now it seems to be OFF permanently.
I was told that Ferrari of Silicon Valley sends the ECU's back to FNA for a reflash to solve this problem but Auto Gallery Ferrari has never heard of this (so they said). Am I stuck driving up to SV ? that would be a pain because I have to figure out a way to get home and then go back up later.
My issue is that the DMV said I had to have smog to register the out of state car and I have 10 days to register a out of state car and I am now at 10 days, I really need to get this to pass somehow. By the way it is a Calif. car, sold new in Calif. and was in Calif. until 2009 so no issues there and it was really clean on exhaust snif test, just the ODBII part. I guess I can register the car as non-op and keep driving to get it passed smog but with my luck, i will get busted first day.
What is my next possible step ? I have a appt. with a referee but I am hearing that wont do any good.