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Old 01-09-2018, 06:42 PM   #11
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If you can't avoid the recall, look for Dodge dealers who have successfully performed the recall. For example, links and [Quotes] from poster cgm55082:

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...3&postcount=97

I had the work done at my local Dodge dealer yesterday. I uninstalled the GDE tune before taking it in. All seems fine -- other than I no longer have a GDE tune. I mainly had the GDE tune to ensure I passed emissions, so it's kind of a moot point now -- shouldn't need it for that purpose anymore.

The Dodge service folks said they have done a ton of the recalls and only had an issue with one vehicle. Like I said, I noticed no difference. Sprinter still running great.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...&postcount=100

The dealership I took it to was Cole Dodge in San Luis Obispo, CA. The name of their Sprinter expert is AJ and he does all of the recall work.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:43 PM   #12
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Note:

Another poster had work done at the Cole dealer in San Luis Obispo but had issues with his 2004 model year Sprinter, and believes that 2004 Sprinters may be at more risk of issues.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...&postcount=139

Our Westies are on 2004 Sprinters.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:59 PM   #13
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Not everywhere in Ca. I have not had a vehicle smog tested in 20 years. Some ZIP codes do not require testing. My rural property is actually in the smog district but my Zip code is not. My Western property line is the dividing line for the district. They do need to be tested when sold.

When I bought the property and before I lived here, I registered the cars in this Zip code. Before that I had a real problem with my 67 Alfa Romeo Duetto. Always had to take it to the referee due to failing the smog test every time. The technician did not want to put the probe into the exhaust pipe in fear of damaging his instrument.
I don't understand why your zip code is exempt? Does your exhaust pollutants remain confined to your zip code? What about when you drive in other zip code? Makes zero sense much like most of California.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:03 AM   #14
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I don't understand why your zip code is exempt? Does your exhaust pollutants remain confined to your zip code? What about when you drive in other zip code? Makes zero sense much like most of California.
It's federal, not state.

The EPA measures air pollution in metro and high-population areas, and categorizes them by zip codes.
As areas improve, the inspection requirements diminish.
If areas have low pollution (usually due to lack of pooulation and industry) their zips don't require any inspection.

Since the only concrete measure they have of "where's the car?" is the registration address, that's what applies as the criterion.

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I don't understand why your zip code is exempt? Does your exhaust pollutants remain confined to your zip code? What about when you drive in other zip code? Makes zero sense much like most of California.
Miles are probably 95% in areas requiring testing.

Good to pay attention to zip codes when purchasing property. The border for the "Bay Area Air Quality Management District" is actually our Western property line. Our property is inside the district but our Zip code is outside the district. Win some lose some!

Before we built the house and moved to the property, I registered the cars at the local property post office to avoid the smog tests. I had a 67 Alfa Romeo Duetto that had a problem passing the smog test so I had to go to a referee every two years. That got old.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:16 AM   #16
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My van is running great, BUT has the EGR monitor "failure to reset" issue, which means the SMOG Tech can't even start the test.

A link in the T21 Recall thread on this forum provided some hope: [Search YouTube for "Escondido German Auto and Sprinter EGR"] But, when I checked with Collie Auto Works, a local Sprinter specialist, they answered "...have seen the you tube video before. We attempted this on a van before and were not successful. We could try again..... Sometimes the stuff on the internet you have to take with a grain of salt. Did you look on the BAR website regarding a known issue where they ignore the fact this moniter is not set?"

I then viewed the Calif BAR website and clicking around, found a little information pertinent to the EGR monitor reset issue. Look under "Monitor-Readiness-Concerns" then click on "OBD Reference". See attached screenshot. (which also implies that the T21 Recall cures this issue... I'm skeptical.). I'm hoping the April 2018 cutoff date is still open. It seems like it is not - that or the Smog shop that couldn't test my van may not have been aware of this exemption, or did not have the updated OIS. I am going to try and find another test facility tomorrow morning with an updated OIS, if I can, to try again...

If I am successful, I will have another 2 years to figure something out, without doing the T21 Recall... crossing my fingers.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:19 PM   #17
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Yippee, my van passed smog this AM. Good for 2 more years. The tech at Folsom Test Only (in San Francisco) seemed to think that next month (May 2018), this CARB OIS exception may no longer be valid, and CARB will require that Sprinters have the T21 Recall* done to pass. Watch the CARB website for updated info.

*2 years is long time, "a lot can happen", so I'm in no hurry to get the recall done.
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