BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Apr 2007
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Here's the answer I got from the state department:
OK, here's the issue and how we have to proceed forward.
By State and Federal law, all vehicles must be able to communicate in "generic" mode. When the PIF inspected the vehicle, he was unable to get it to communicate in this mode. When you went to the dealer, they attempted communication in what we call "manufacturers" mode. This provides communication for them to diagnose the vehicle but it doesn't conform to law which requires that all vehicles must communicate in "generic" mode.
The next thing that needs to happen is the vehicle must be taken to an Emissions Repair Facility (ERF). They need to check out the OBD connection and see what the problem is. It could be as simple as the computer needing "re-flashed" or maybe it's a warranty item because it wasn't connected right from the factory or another common problem is installation of an after-market stereo system and the person went direct through the connector for the power source, not understanding the designated requirements of the "PINs".
Once the diagnosis and repair are done, the ERF can fill out the paperwork you were given. Be sure they "stamp" the paperwork with their ERF ID #. We are not able to accept any paperwork that isn't stamped.
Be sure to keep all receipts because if the repairs go beyond $450.00 and the problem still isn't resolved, you can apply for a "waiver". The ERF would still fill out the paperwork and provide the receipts and then when presented for inspection you would just advise the inspector that you are applying for a waiver. The vehicle would be inspected as normal and if communication still doesn't work, it would then be passed down to the lower emissions test. At this point, the vehicle would be required to pass the idle emissions test, tested via the tailpipe.
So what he's saying that the car should interface no matter what. So something might be wrong with the car. Right?