Need Help?

2006 Audi A4 1.8T 2dr Cabriolet CVT

2006 Audi A4
Trim Info:
Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Convertible, Subcompact
23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
Other Trims
Do you own this car?
Estimated Mileage
Enter current mileage for most
accurate info about this vehicle

Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.

back to question list

Ask the Community

Ask Our Auto Mechanics

November 1, 2010, 12:47 pm

Ann B

Question: How far to drive to reset computer for inspection

Hi, I just need to know how far I need to drive my 96 Audi A4 before I can have it inspected. Among other things, the garage had to replace the alternator and battery in the car and I need to drive it enough so it will pass inspection.


November 1, 2010, 9:04 pm

Tyler O

Are you talking about smog check readiness? It takes a drive cycle, but a few days of normal driving usually takes care of all the system checks.

Most good shops have computer equipment that can "force" readiness by running all the tests in about 20 min.

1/1 users found this helpful.

November 2, 2010, 7:38 am

Ann B

Thanks Tyler! I hate to sound ignorant, but it's whatever the emissions inspection covers in NYC. The garage my car is at says I need to drive it more because the computer hasn't registered enough miles to pass the inspection. Needless to say, I have no idea about these things and I don't know what to do. I've run out of time on my inspection sticker and need to get this handled asap.

does the "force readiness" advance the miles sufficiently for the computer to read it as passable for the inspection?

thanks again!

0/0 users found this helpful.

November 2, 2010, 10:19 pm

Tyler O

Forcing readiness doesn't change the millage. It activates the on board diagnostics to run all of their self checks.

1/1 users found this helpful.

November 3, 2010, 7:04 am

Ann B

Thanks, Tyler. I will talk with the shop and see what they say!


0/0 users found this helpful.

Ask our panel of certified auto mechanics a question. We pay for their advice so you don't have to

My Auto Score

See the free AutoCheck score

Meet The Experts
Kim Perrin
Kim Perrin is our resident mechanic here at DriverSide. Kim worked as…
Tyler Orr
Tyler Orr is an expert in German and Japanese cars and has been a mechanic …
Elizabeth Kriesten
Elizabeth Kriesten worked as an automotive technician for several years at Dodge…
Tips on Servicing

Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them?

By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until ...

Read more…