|Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:|
Your car could be producing zero emissions but it doesn't matter. If that light is on, they will send you away without any further conversation.
I hope I don't violate some forum rule about getting around emissions regulations but I want to mention that it's a 5 minute job to take the check engine bulb out of the instrument pod.
I have an '88 Formula with the usual exhaust flow improvement mods of ported manifolds, Y-pipe and low restriction cat.
I didn't have any check engine lights until after I added a bored out throttle body. Then I started throwing codes and ended up with about 10 different problems according to the reader.
I replace s a couple of sensors that COULD have been the problem according to info here and on other GM forums but the codes returned after reset.
Throughout this the car was running better than ever. Smooth idle, peppier mid-range, no tailpipe smoke and the gas mileage was the same as before all the mods.
So I gave up and took out the bulb. The past year of driving has been flawless and really enjoyable as the car continues to run perfectly.