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Sorry If Already Answered Ontario Safety Check engine Light On

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[OP]
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Sorry If Already Answered Ontario Safety Check engine Light On

First off I tried searching on the web and in these threads and came up short.
I am thinking of selling a car that should easily pass an Ontario Safety inspection however the CEL has been on for over a year with what I think is an evap cannister code (it's been a while since I scanned it but otherwise engine runs fine.

What are the regs for getting a safety with the CEL illuminated?
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Jul 26, 2007
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If it's safety related, the safety tech won't safety it and charge you $100 on top of safety cost for diagnostic fee.

Better to spend $5 on ebay for obd2 adapter and clear the code before bringing it to the shop. Make sure it does stay off for few days or atleast a day. Or just sell your car as is and sweep all your problems to the next person.
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If the CEL is on because of an ABS, stability control, steering position sensor, airbag, etc it will not pass safety and a cheap scan tool will neither read nor clear these codes anyway. Chances are, though, it's none of these (there would be other MIL illuminated if it was).

I do wonder if it's wise to do a safety while leaving a CEL glaring at potential buyers.
[OP]
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Capt You are right but the code is for the evap cannister which really doesn't affect how the car performs in the least. But I did want to know if it was a no pass item and it appears you have answered my question. Thanks
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Evap is not safety related
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The inspection standard mentions "tell-tales". These are warning lights on the dash. The vehicle is to be rejected if the BRAKE (3.5.c), TCS (11.2.a), and/or SRS (11.2.b) lights are on.

The vehicle should pass if the CEL/MIL, ABS, or TPMS lights are on. They just have to be noted on the inspection report.

EVAP is a CEL/MIL code.
[OP]
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Oct 3, 2017
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Yes the code is P1457.

It's been on for 18 months. No smell leaks or performance issues.
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In Drive Clean days, having the CEL on was an automatic fail and I believe that's why some people believe it still is. But, as others have said, for safety test, you will fail only if code was triggered for safety issues.

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