Damn. I’m convinced I have more trouble with state inspections than ANYONE I’ve ever met. I thought certainly a bone stock Jeep could pass with flying colors, but the state ain’t having it! The TJ failed due to a worn drive belt, rusty exhaust hangers, & readiness sensors not being set.
The drive belt is an easy fix despite the shop wanting $200 (that’s two HUNDRED bloody dollars!) for a $20 part & 5 minutes worth of work. I sprung for the $30 belt from Autozone (3 year warranty on the belt thank you very much!) and popped it on.
The exhaust I knew was rusted out and was on my ‘to replace list’ anyways, I just didn’t expect to replace it immediately. I’ve got an exhaust kit shipping to me now that I plan to write about when I swap out later this week. The only downside is that since this is kind of an emergency (can’t title the Jeep if I can’t pass inspection), I picked up the cheapest kit I could find instead of taking my time to do a bit of research. I watched a YouTube clip or two of the exhaust note and it didn’t sound bad at all. Especially for this price point.
As far as the readiness sensors are concerned, I just need to drive it a bit to get those things to set themselves. Luckily, I already have a Veepeak bluetooth OBD II scan tool & combined with the OBD Fusion app to check the readiness status. Hopefully this three pronged approach will have me up and running legally by the weekend. Fingers crossed!