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1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Fail Smog Check Due To ECM System Failure

My 1996 Nissan Maxima failed the smog check in california due to a System Malfunction Light. The check engine light is not on in my carm, but the repair/smog shop says it is not running the monitors necessary to pass the smog inspection. My mechanic says the ECM is bad in the vehicle. I purchased a used ECM and replaced the old one and this did not fix the problem. I called the local Nissan Dealer and found that this problem of the ODB2 not running monitors is a notorius issue with the 1996 Maxima's. There is no way to fix this issue, so if your Maxima is not passing smog for the same reason you will have to work with the state agency who oversees the SMOG System and get them to waive the computer diagnostic section of the SMOG check for you.

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  • robert_albre Apr 14, 2009

    Does the 96 sentra have the same issue?

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    how do it control the air

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Working on one right now and hooked it up with a Snap On Solus scanner - It gives P0135 for 0/2 sensor bank 1 sensor 1. Check the 0/'2 sensor function and replace as necessary

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There is no way to fix this issue according to my Nissan Dealer Service Manager. The monitors will not run and therefore the vehicle will not pass smog. If you need assistance from California's SMOG authority they are called "The Referee" and you can call them at 1-800-622-7733.

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