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Old 03-09-2017, 05:29 AM   #1
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We can't communicate with your car....

Took Box to 15 min emissions and inspections place.

They tell me neither machine will communicate with the car so no emissions. Have to go somewhere else but issue is with car.

My BT OBDII reader connects fine. Anyone else have this??

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Strange. Hard to know what's going on. I'd try another test shop to see if it happens on another set of test equipment.

What we've got here, is failure to communicate...

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Old 03-09-2017, 07:14 AM   #3
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I was thinking Firefox.

Remember. You have to think in Russian. (German in this case)

Die ecth en schstine dor schwiensteak. (How I imagine German )
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I thought maybe the CIA was upset that they can't connect with your car to take control of it then crash it and kill you whenever they want.
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Took Box to 15 min emissions and inspections place.

They tell me neither machine will communicate with the car so no emissions. Have to go somewhere else but issue is with car.

My BT OBDII reader connects fine. Anyone else have this??
Does the car have an aftermarket DME flash?
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I was thinking Firefox.

Remember. You have to think in Russian. (German in this case)

Die ecth en schstine dor schwiensteak. (How I imagine German )
Took a few minutes, but I found the clip for you Tim. Great movie.

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Old 03-09-2017, 02:53 PM   #7
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Took Box to 15 min emissions and inspections place.

They tell me neither machine will communicate with the car so no emissions. Have to go somewhere else but issue is with car.

My BT OBDII reader connects fine. Anyone else have this??
Hi Timco, the issue is most likely not with your car. This is no laughing matter, at least not in NYS. Annual registration renewal is tied by state computer to state computer emissions inspection renewal. No comm between car and state system for state emissions inspection = no annual registration renewal = car not legal to drive in NYS.

I just now had exactly the same problem with my 2004 986 550 anniversary. Local inspection station printout said car OBD II local comm was ok, but car could not communicate correctly with NYS central emissions computer system. Called Porsche Albany, they have a Panamera right now with same problem. It's a problem with the state systems, but the state refuses to acknowledge it. Porsche recommended taking my 2004 to a different NYS inspection station, preferably a dealer with well maintained state equipment. Took my 2004 to Oneonta Audi (who maintains our s5 cab) and it communicated with the NYS system with no problems. Passed no problem. Oneonta Audi was surprised, said the state equipment was sealed under state control and that all inspection stations were supposed to have the same equipment. Albany Porsche was not surprised. They said the state equipment is a cr@p shoot. My original local inspection station said they had this problem only once before with a Toyota and had to call the state and do a 'forced emissions test', whatever that means.

Bottom line, try another inspection station well apart from the original station. Lots of variables here (including POP internet connection for the inspection station), so it really is a cr@p shoot. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the OBD connection in my (or probably your) car. It is the state's problem, but they refuse to acknowledge it and you can end up with a car with a revoked registration and lic plate.
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Thanks guys. The real issue seems to be I went to a 15 minute place and should have used at least a 20min + place. The longer you wait, the better the equipment I guess.
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I've had the same problem twice. The first time seemed to be their computer software compatibility, so I went to a Porsche dealer while still under CPO warranty. The second time they were having trouble with the under-dash connection. A different worker managed to wiggle it until it worked.
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Old 03-10-2017, 03:12 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. The real issue seems to be I went to a 15 minute place and should have used at least a 20min + place. The longer you wait, the better the equipment I guess.
It all boils down to if they have a cappuccino machine and fou fou aluminum alloy waiting room tables and chairs.

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