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if you had reset the code[ or had a dead battery]you just cleared and reset all the vehicles evap / emissions systems it now has to recycle through to reset you wont have a check engine or mil unless computer finds a fault and on most vehicles it can be about 125 miles and usually the last to reset are the evap and the catalytic converter drive around and at around 125 mark go to an auto store and have vehicle scanned most offer this service for free or if you have one check your system for ready if not keep driving some more most states give you 10 days to retry so use that time to rack up miles -- and dont reset or clear codes before an inspection
As for your codes p1131 and 1151: Ford - Lack Of Heated Oxygen Sensor Bank 1 Sensor 1 Switches - Sensor Indicates Lean
Last week I had the very same catalyst, evap and ECG codes come up on my 1999 Mercury Mystique which is like a Ford Taurus. A friend was able to find a hole or leak in the hose connected, replaced it and it runs fine. I havent run it a full and straight 50 miles yet to clear the check engine light but that repair alone changed the entire way the car was poorly driving. Im sure that hasnt fixed all the probs but thats a good starting point.
YOU WILL HAVE TO DRIVE 100 MILES FOR COMPUTER IN CAR TO HAVE ENOUGH INFO FOR INSPECTION, I JUST PUT IN A NEW BATTERY AND WENT FOR INSPECTION, ONLY 20 MILES ON , WOULD NOT PASS, WENT BACK A WEEK LATER AND HAD TO PAY AGAIN!!! BUT PASSED
Every time you reset the light or disconnect the battery it completely resets the system and it has to go through EVERY test again. The O2, EVAP, and Cat tests are generally the LAST THREE tests that are tested. You're not doing yourself any favors here.
Essentially what these readiness monitors are is the computer's notation that his has run the self diagnostics on each system and that the results feel into the expected results. If it is outside the expected results the computer will generally try to run the test multiple times before setting a DTC and turning on the Check Engine Light. It cannot set the status to "Ready" until it has a successful test within expected results; sometimes multiple successful tests. Sometimes, the tests need to run at different speeds - so the vehicle has to be driven not only at freeway speeds, but also city speeds for the tests to complete properly.
The O2 test MUST complete before the Catalyst test can run. The EVAP test generally requires that you have your fuel level at between 1/4 and 3/4 and that the vehicle sit undisturbed after being driven for a period of time for no less than 8 hours in order to run the EVAP test.
The same can be said for the O2 test sometimes because the computer needs to test the O2 sensors reaction to heating up and cooling down. Eventually they will all complete - unless there is an issue. I have seen where a component was in the process of going out and the computer was getting both GOOD and BAD results when running the tests. As a result it wouldn't set ready status because it wasn't getting the concurrent GOOD test results.
As a Texas Recognized Emissions Repair Facility - my shop sees this kind of stuff all the time.
A vacuum leak will do all that for you, aamco trans will check that light on code in the computer for free.You would be smart to find someone to check your computer for all codes because it will tell you without wasting money on bad advise.
If the "evap not ready" readiness monitor never clears and you keep getting P0440,P0441,P0446 type codes, then you have a problem with the evap system. You have already tried the gas cap (good start) but there are about 6 other things it can be from electrical VSV air valves (there are 3 of them, 2 under the hood, 1 near the charcoal cannister (behind fuel tank) to 2 air operated valves on the front of the same cannister. There is also an air line that goes to one of the electric VSV valves on the air cleaner under the hood. Several oil change places have been guilty of pullling these off and not reconnecting them.
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