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post #46 of 61 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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I have had cars that required 3-4 days of routine driving under various conditions to reset the computer, but only AFTER if fixed the emissions system. What you see there is just a deterministic list of steps that are guaranteed to perform a full reset if the underlying problem is fixed. All of them will typically be exercised by just driving around town and on the freeway for a couple of days.

If the problem persists, no list and no amount of normal driving will reset the computer. You can try until you're blue in the face, but the system is designed to not signify emissions ready status until it's convinced everything is wrong.

It sounds like the vehicle had an underlying problem that was never repaired properly. Of course it never reset, because something was still wrong. It was working as designed, your horror notwithstanding.

There's three basic states the car can be in - Good, bad, and indeterminate. A CEL indicates the bad state. You reset the codes and enter the indeterminate state, which only clears after all systems have self-diagnosed (hence the checklist above to force all systems to a known state). If the problem is fixed, it then transitions back to the good state or the bad state depending on what the computer sees. Some errors have to happen for 2 or 3 consecutive restarts to throw a code, some will throw as soon as you turn the key, and you'll never get to the good state because something is broken.

Was this a case that a code was cleared, did NOT return, but the car never made it into the ready state? There was no check engine light, it had been many days of driving, and the car still wouldn't pass emissions? That would be a PITA.
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If there was an underlying problem, none of the many mechanics we took it to could find it. I think what happened originally was that the battery went dead (or was pulled to do some work, I can't remember) and that made the computer mess up and then the rest is as I've stated. So at first when we couldn't reset it based on those instructions (several tries), we took it back in several times to try to find the underlying problem. We even changed a bunch of stuff out "just in case". But alas....no reset.

If you know of a magician mechanic who might try something none of the others did, PM me.

The owner is a disabled person and the van is a wheelchair van. Making this all the more painful and life altering. He can't even get around to take it to all these mechanics or do the reset driving. He finally gave up and the van sits in his driveway (after myself and other people did our best at trying for over a year).
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I could use some help.
I'm replacing the doorknobs and deadbolts on my front door. They are old and I can't find any company insignia. I got the thumb-latch door knob off without any problem and put the new one on. I was trying to do the same with the deadbolt. Its a single-cylinder. The inside cylinder came off by removing the two interior screws and the latching mechanism came off easily. The problem I have is the exterior cylinder seems stuck on the door. There are no screws on the exterior and nothing's left inside by the empty whole where the latch used to be.

How the heck do I remove the exterior cylinder from the door? Hit it with a hammer? I'm afraid of damaging the door.

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A good drill w/ a tough bit ought to do the trick.

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A good drill w/ a tough bit ought to do the trick.
Not sure what you mean. Are you suggesting I drill out the entire cylinder? Won't that live a whole in the door bigger than my replacement deadbolt?

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I could use some help.
I'm replacing the doorknobs and deadbolts on my front door. They are old and I can't find any company insignia. I got the thumb-latch door knob off without any problem and put the new one on. I was trying to do the same with the deadbolt. Its a single-cylinder. The inside cylinder came off by removing the two interior screws and the latching mechanism came off easily. The problem I have is the exterior cylinder seems stuck on the door. There are no screws on the exterior and nothing's left inside by the empty whole where the latch used to be.

How the heck do I remove the exterior cylinder from the door? Hit it with a hammer? I'm afraid of damaging the door.
There's nothing holding it in place except paint or mechanical tension. Put a punch in the middle from the open side and give a couple of taps with a hammer. It should pop out. The lock (keyed portion) may in fact come out separate from the exterior skin.
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Not sure what you mean. Are you suggesting I drill out the entire cylinder? Won't that live a whole in the door bigger than my replacement deadbolt?
No no no... just drill a couple of large holes through the center of the cylinder. Doing this ought to loosen it bit, after which you could either pull it out or push it out from the other side of the door.

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There's nothing holding it in place except paint or mechanical tension. Put a punch in the middle from the open side and give a couple of taps with a hammer. It should pop out. The lock (keyed portion) may in fact come out separate from the exterior skin.
This should also work.


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Thanks bunch @GusPolinski and @Cletus

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To clean a concrete floor, wash with TSP...Tri Sodium Phosphate....Get the real stuff, not the phony greenie stiff...Or rent a pressure washer, and a shop vac...Have one person pressure wash while the other sucks up the excess water....
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You bet!

To be fair, Cletus' solution would (probably) be easier... but when faced w/ a "drill or 'not' drill" scenario, I almost always go w/ "drill".

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You bet!

To be fair, Cletus' solution would (probably) be easier... but when faced w/ a "drill or 'not' drill" scenario, I almost always go w/ "drill".
Ha!ha!

I get it, since my D, I never shy away from hitting things with a hammer. Really, really, hard......

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No! Leave all the repair stuff to other forums. Maybe TAM should have a "suggested site" branch for this type of inquiry. TAM should stay focused.
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