Friday, January 18, 2013

Drive Clean OBD Testing- Is YOUR car READY?

Drive Clean OBD Testing- Is YOUR car READY?

Readiness Monitors

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A vehicle’s OBD system has up to 12 monitors within the OBD computer. These monitors are designed to check the running condition of all key emissions components of the engine.

Three monitors run all the time when the engine is running, the remaining monitors run intermittently during normal driving. These monitors report to the OBD computer if the engine’s emission performance is, or is not, in compliance with Ontario Drive Clean emissions regulations.

These monitors also report to the On-board computer as being “ready” or “not ready”. If they are “not ready,” they are not yet in a condition to determine if the associated emissions systems are working correctly. When a vehicle is taken to an OBD testing facility to receive the OBD test, the first thing the testing equipment does is check these monitors.

For model year vehicles 1998-2000, a vehicle with two monitors that are “not ready” will be accepted for the OBD test and the test can continue; for model year vehicles 2001 and newer, only one “not ready” monitor will be accepted for testing and the test can continue. A vehicle that has more than the allowable number of “not ready” monitors will FAIL Ontario’s Drive Clean OBD Test.

Even after emissions related repairs are completed the vehicle may not pass until the required monitors have been set to “ready” which may be accomplished by performing a drive cycle specific to the vehicle.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Got your Gadget?

The NEW 'maintenance planning widget' is now available for your desktop! Just follow this link and create your profile to get the Maintenance Planner Tool .You can even personalize your widget with 'fuzzy dice' ! The widget will set up a reminder right on your computer when service is due on your vehicle.  It helps take the maintenance out of your maintenance

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Just click on the 'Autopro' links at the top (of our website) or sidebar (on this blog) to go to the new Autopro Website. You will find a host of new tools and information.

NEW: Tell us about your recent visit to ARMSTRONG-MACKO AUTOPRO and you could win 1 of 5 monthly prizes of a $50 Service Certificate.

This is WAY COOL!!
Coming soon: Sign up for the 'My Service Planner' Set up your own widget, alerts and calendar to help 'Keep your car young... a long time'

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congratulations! $500 prize awarded! New Promo on Now!

Congrats to 'Krystal' who won a $500 Visa gift card for entering our free draw after performing her vehicle's Seasonal Service Package!
Is your service due? Our new promotion offers a chance to win a great tool package for the yard!

What are you doing Monday?

Monday May 17 is the next date for our maintenance course. Just send a note by email, or give us a call at 519-354-3070 to reserve your spot. We meet at our shop to begin at 6:30pm.

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