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It's flunked the smog check test twice because, I'm told, it

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It's flunked the smog check test twice because, I'm told, it hasn't been driven on the freeways at all for some years. It only has 25,000 miles on it and I drive it around town. How many miles do I have to have it driven in order to pass the test, and can it be all on one day? (One mechanic suggested 50 miles on the freeway for two consecutive days, for example.) I will have to pay someone to get it ready to pass so the more information I have, the better. Many thanks.
JA: When was your last oil change? Have any check engine lights popped up recently?
Customer: No check engine lights, although it probably is overdue for an oil change since Nissan has removed all service places from my area. Should I get an oil change from a local mechanic, even though the car is driving very well?
JA: What is the model/year of your Nissan?
Customer: 2009 Nissan Altima hybrid, no longer made (as you no doubt know)
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: What do you mean by fixing it myself? I can't drive on the freeways and I'm being told that that's the only solution so as I said I will have to pay someone to drive it enough to pass.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know? When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.
Customer: It had a lot of work done in June of 2015 by a Nissan dealer in Gardena; for the first few years, I did have a lot of trouble with the car even though I only took it to certified dealers. Since that major re-haul, the car has been driving perfectly.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  eric replied 6 months ago.

HI,

Ok, this is the drive cycle that needs to be performed

  1. Ensure that the fuel tank is between 1/4 and 3/4 full.
  2. Start cold (below 86°F /30°C) and warm up until engine coolant temperature is at least 160° F (typically requires at least one minute; up to 3 minutes).
  3. Accelerate to 40-55 MPH at 25% throttle and maintain speed for five minutes.
  4. Decelerate without using the brake (coast down) to 20 MPH or less, then stop the vehicle. Allow the engine to idle for 10 seconds, turn the key off, and wait one minute.
  5. Restart and accelerate to 40-55 MPH at 25% throttle and maintain speed for two minutes.
  6. Decelerate with using the brake [or the clutch!] by coasting down to 20 MPH or less, then stop the vehicle. Allow the engine to idle for 10 seconds, turn the key off, and wait one minute.

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Expert:  eric replied 6 months ago.

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16 Jul 2016, 6:12 PM