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Failed e-test in 91 ranger

My 91 ranger with a 4.0 failed the e-test badly in the nox section, it has a new exahaust sysystem including the cat, after the test i changed the plugs that were very bad and air filter that was also dirty, new wires were installed and i actually found two vaccum leaks, the tune up was done after the e-test! i also cleaned the maf, anymore suggestions?

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  • fonz27 Jun 02, 2009

    thanks, my wife is taking it in but it is a local ford dealer so i know the tester and i told him to run it hard for me before he does it, he said he would but the test is tommorrow morning and i don't have time to change the oil, it looks really clean though, wish me luck and thanks again you guys are great

  • fonz27 Jun 02, 2009

    It passed!! my wife took it out right before the test and ran it at 140kmh for a couple country blockes and backed it right into the dealers shop and it passed, barely the limit was 988of something like that and it tested 922 in the nox, thanks again this site rocks!!

  • Richard Delahant May 11, 2010

    Did you have the 02 sensors checked? It or they might be carboned up.

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Change the oil just before the test and get the Cat as hot as u can.

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  • sharon currie Apr 16, 2011

    My 1991 Ranger 3.0, 6 cyl had similar problem; Failed emissions badly. I replaced the CAT and 02 sensor and retested and came out worse: HC (before CAT & 02 sensor) measured 209 at 15 mph, 102 at 25 mph (max allowed 124 at 15 mph, 104 at 25 mph), the CO (before CAT and 02 sensor) measured 1.18 at 15 mph, 1.52 at 25 mph (max allowed 0.75 at 15 mph, .095 at 25 mph). After New CAT and 02 Sensor, HC measured 473 at 15 mph and 168 at 25 mph, CO measured 6.69 at 15 mph and 2.01 at 25 mph. Any suggestions on that?

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If it was the Nox section, check the EGR valve. It that fails, your Nox will go way up. The EGR reduces Nox at cruise speed

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wow, no context but i can read your mind?
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