As some of you may or may not already know, every time you unplug the battery in your vehicle and or flash the PCM with a new tune, all your sensors that require a drive cycle to complete a readiness status will now show as incomplete until you initiate the drive cycle (without flashing the PCM or unplugging the battery) in between.
For some people who are constantly flashing in a tune and making changes to their cars, or for those of you who put very few miles on the car each year, this can be a major nuisance should you need to diagnose the vehicle or require the car to have the monitors in a ready state.
Below will show you how to set your sensors to a readiness state.
*** Disclaimer*** DO NOT USE THIS INFORMATION TO CHEAT EMISSIONS. CHEATING EMISSIONS IS ILLEGAL. USING THE BELOW INFORMATION FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSES MEANS YOU ARE DOING SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL PROVINCIAL OR STATE LAWS BEFORE MODIFYING YOUR VEHICLES TUNE. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES OR COSTS INCURRED BY FOLLOWING THE BELOW GUIDE.
Since there are other reasons to need to set sensors to a readiness state other than illegally passing emissions, I will show you how to do so for the legal reasons – otherwise you’ll find yourself hiring a Houston criminal defense lawyer if you’re caught illegally passing your state’s emissions test if you live in Texas, or maybe just get slapped with a regular ticket in other states. In any event, I’m not responsible for how you choose to use this information.
First step in setting all sensors to ready is to verify which sensors your vehicle checks for, to do so, put the keys in your ignition, plug in your HP Tuners interface, start-up your VCM scanner, start your vehicle and begin scanning. Open your DTC tab as shown below and click the check mark to scan for readiness and DTC codes.
Once you have identified which sensors your vehicle is looking for, (the ones that say either complete/incomplete only) you will have an idea of which codes you need to set to “No Error Reported” in your DTC list.
Take note, you don’t have to modify anything for the continuous tests so long as they already show complete, this is because regardless of whether you pull the battery and reset the pcm, your car will immediately check/run those tests the moment the car is started back up.
Alright, according to my above picture for my particular car, I am looking for all my O2 sensor and EGR related DTC/trouble codes. I’ve located them below:
I did the same thing for my EGR sensors, although they are not pictured above.
After you have have put the relevant sensors to “No error reported” do a “write calibration only” to program your tune into the pcm.
**Note: DON’T get lazy with setting your sensors to No error reported. You DO NOT want to set every DTC for every sensor in your car to No error reported. Sensors such as the MAF being set to this setting could cause the car to not run or go into limp mode. Only select those sensors which are relevant to the readiness tests which are listed in the “once per trip test window”
Alright, that should cover the remaining O2 sensors that were missed. Go ahead and re-write the pcm again with the new tune.
For the record, in the above photo, I had unplugged the EGR just to prove that even with sensors not hooked up, by setting the DTC’s to no error reported, the ready monitors will show as complete and ready.
All right, now lets write the old tune back in (that you originally saved before you did this) and watch the sensors go back to incomplete.