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1999 Chevrolet Blazer Base 2dr

1999 Chevrolet Blazer
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Rear Wheel Drive, 2 Door
17 mpg city / 23 mpg hwy
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October 28, 2012, 1:24 pm

Christine F
 

Question: Failed NOX emissions, Help please.

Hello,
My 2000 chevy blazer failed the nox section of the Colorado emissions test. The first time, I thought it was due to the car sitting for a long time. I put in one bottle of seafoam and drove it then took it for testing. After the second failure I had a guy replace the spark plugs and a vaccum hose. Well to no avail as it failed again. The check engine light was on so we investigated and found the unplugged wire to the fuel vapor pressure sensor. Well, after getting that fixed I thought maybe it will pass now. Well it didnt. Considering this vehicle sat for a long period last year and had the transmission repaired in Texas.......now in Colorado, will this effect the emissions nox? We had a mechanic come and say that the computer needed to be flashed but everything else seemed ok. That was before the last retest. He said that the Texas gas is different and that the car hasnt caught up??? Consider, I have drove this car since April in Colorado. What should I do next? I am trying to find a job and this no car situation is killing me. Thanks


November 11, 2012, 10:02 am

Elizabeth K
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High NOx is a symptom of in inoperative EGR system. Testing the EGR valve and passages, as well as appropriate open/close signals would be the proper procedure.

Emissions technology in general can get quite complex, but EGR systems have been around a long time. If your mechanic cannot advise you on the proper procedure, it sounds like you don't have a mechanic that is capable. My advice is to find another mechanic--ideally one that doesn't shrug and say they can't find a problem. The type of shop you need should have emission testing equipment so you're not guessing about when the repair is complete.


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