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Old 01-30-2011, 11:38 AM
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To wolfman, not only will a SES light (almost?) always fail you (certainly in California), but notice the very first post where there was no check engine light but there was a fault code of P0500 wheel speed sensor - and the vehicle failed. (Note: Even though it says the MIL was lit, it most definitely was not; when I asked, they told me that MIL trigger in the CA smog test goes on for every fault code registered - whether or not your car registers it as a visible SES.)

Originally Posted by bmw_n00b13 View Post
don't ask me how that's related to smog
Yup. I agree. When I asked how a P0500 wheel speed sensor malfunction (which I knew to be a red herring because I had tested the sensors), they told me at the inspection station that you fail in CA for any fault code whatsoever. I find that hard to believe - but certainly you'll fail for a P0500 because I did. I passed simply by clearing the code and driving the car a few miles. Cost me two inspection fees for that learning privilege.

Originally Posted by bmw_n00b13 View Post
perhaps the test looks odd because it's not an official inspection?
Yea. I see that. They didn't do the 'standard' California test, apparently.
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