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I have a 1997 maxima which is driving me crazy,the car is dragging befor it shifts the idol readind is pass 3 befor it shifts i know i need a knock sensor however i need to know if a bad knock sensor will cause me this problem

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Check the trans fluild levels

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Passing inspection

it is called a drive cycle self test, this gives the computer a chance to test itself and see if all problems have been corrected and all systems are functioning properly, if the test is not done the computer will read "not ready" and u fail smog. this test can take up to a week to complete.

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