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Old 08-07-2015, 11:23 PM   #1
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I live in MD where we have emissions testing done via the OBDII port every couple of years. My '97 S90 keeps getting "Not Ready" when they hook it up and I get asked if the battery has been disconnected recently (it hasn't). Every time they tell me to drive it for a week and bring it back but it doesn't change anything. I put 400-500 miles on it in a week (all normal roads, no interstate or constant high speeds) I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before?
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:24 PM   #2
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I guess it's worth mentioning that the car has all of the emissions equipment intact and the cel is not on
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:40 PM   #3
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Sounds like they have faulty equipment of their own. Can you try a different place to get it tested?
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:15 PM   #4
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The 850 is notorious for not setting the "ready" status and is exempt in several states.

Not sure how the S90 does. There is a post listing the official Volvo drive procedure to set the 850/S70 readyness flag. Google unable to read codes 1996 850 for that post. Again, not sure if the procedure on the S90 is the same.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:17 PM   #5
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The readiness monitors won't set on your car. Here in NC all '96-'98 Volvos automatically get a waiver because they won't communicate with the state machine. All they check for on those cars is the MIL and if it's off they pass. There are a few other makes like that from when OBD2 was rolled out.
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I had to get a waiver for my V-90 in Rhode Island. Early Volvo software compatability issues with the modern state computer. Took two trips to the place but it didn't cost extra.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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I had a buddy with a '98 S70 and a SAI problem. He would just clear the MIL right before he handed the keys to the inspection station and passed every time because the MIL was all they looked for and didn't check readiness codes.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:55 PM   #8
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So far they haven't said anything about a waiver or anything about certain cars being exempt. Going to bring it up when I try it this week.

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Sounds like they have faulty equipment of their own. Can you try a different place to get it tested?
I can only take it to the government ran testing station, it's the only one in my county
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