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1996 windstar: emission..Any steps to fix before parts and big$$

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1996 windstar failed emission test. Any steps to fix before parts and big$$?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

Steve :

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Steve :

why did it fail?

Customer:

No answer. What should I ask the station?

Steve :

tell me what happen

Steve :

and what state you live in

Steve :

could they not read the computer codes?

Customer:

Receipt says: FAILED EMISSION TEST FOR PO304-CYLINDER 4 MIS-FIRE DETECTED/PO171-SYSTEM TOO LEAN BANK1/PO174-SYSTEM TOO LEAN BANK2*

Steve :

sounds like you have a vacuum leak and need a tune up with plug wires

Customer:

Recently rough idling. Service station said intake ducting/manifold leaking. Wanted lots of $$ to replace. I was skeptical.

Customer:

Found 1 vacuum leak on PVC hose and replaced.

Steve :

before or after the test? fixed the pcv hose

Customer:

Before...2 weeks ago.

Steve :

did you erase the codes before testing?

Customer:

Got "not sure" answer from station.

Steve :

You need to get the engine running right and take care of the rough run idle then erase the codes and get retested

Steve :

do you have a waiver in your state?

Steve :

some states spend 150 to repair by a certified emission specialist and you can get a waiver.

Customer:

The rough run idle is OK since hose was replaced. Yes Virginia has waivers. How does that worrk?

Steve :

You go to a certified emission shop and have them do the repairs spend a certain amount of money and if it is not repaired you can still pass

Steve :

what is the waiver amount?

Customer:

$749

Steve :

pretty high amount

Steve :

the state I am in is 150

Customer:

Correction $725

Customer:

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/mobile/acv_failure_waiver_info.html

Steve :

I would take it to a certified shop and get it repaired

Customer:

Will do. Thx.

Steve :

your welcome

Steve :

please hit the green accept button so I may get credit thanks

Steve :

thanks for the accept

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