Ok fellas, I just got back from getting my 2002 WRX Sedan E-Checked here in the state of Ohio. We have the ODB-II diagnostic scan procedures in place, so a sniffer test is not needed any longer.
My exhaust mods:
1. ScoobySport catless Uppipe
2. ScoobySport catless Downpipe
3. Stock Midpipe cat was in place.
4. ScoobySport single tip muffler.
My testing prep procedures:
1. Go out to my car and turn ignition to ON position.
2. Use AccessPORT to "Read CEL Codes". There were no trouble codes found.
3. Then I used the AccessPORT to "Reset ECU". It displayed that the CELs were cleared.
4. Use the AccessPORT to flash the "Realtime Map" of Stage2/93 Oct onto the ECU.
5. Started the car and drove 15 minutes to my E-check location. I didn't drive all out speed because it was quite residential and many stoplights, but I got on it whenever I could.
6. Arrived at the E-Check location and sat for about 10-15 minutes with my car idling.
Ohio E-Check Testing Procedures (as of 7/31/2004):
1. Your car is scanned via a bar code scanner on the driver's door to pull your VIN and thus all the info about your specific vehicle.
2. Next, your vehicle is pulled forward and an ODB-II scan is run on the port directly beneath your steering wheel.
3. My car synced with the ODB-II scanning tool, but provided a "Not Ready" signal. (You can research this on your own, but basically something in the AccessPORT mapping didn't work as Trey from Cobb had promised!)
4. The techs re-tried the ODB-II scan after a manager had to come over and authorize the 2nd test. It failed again with a "Not Ready" signal again.
(Can you sense I was scared at this point??)
5. They then resulted in running the "sniffer" test. Of course, I'm AWD, and they don't have a 4-wheel dyno, so they just do an idling sniffer test.
6. Well folks, I still passed even with only the stock midpipe catalytic converter. Hopefully this is helpful to all of you with the same (or similar) setup to me!
I'll scan the difference between my STOCK E-check and my recent MIDPIPE ONLY E-check for all to analyze and enjoy!
Have a great weekend, I will!