Well, I received the California DVM notice my 06 GT required smog certification this month. Fine, my neighbor had the Ford GT Guys out at his home for 2-3 days, 2 blocks away a few weeks ago. He call a couple of tiems to see if I needed any service. Told him no, just had it 6 months ago, yeah right! I had mine serviced 6 months ago and had not driven it since then. Have 5600 miles on it. Had the battery trickler from Ford attached to the lighter socket. Thought all was well. I could just go out and fire it right up, take it down to the SMOG certification station 2 blocks from my FORD dealer and it would be no problem. So Wednesday, I went out to start it, dead! Even with the charger connected, it was DEAD! Tried several 120 outlet battery chargers and crank units. Nothing. Finally moved a few cars around, got my GT500 angled into the garage, jumper cables and it fired up. Got it down to the dealer. Fuel gauge was also dead. Dealer said may be a while for the gauge, battery soon. Checked in the afternoon, car was ready, gauge was working new battery.
Took it over to the SMOG center 2 blocks from dealership, FGT onboard computer had not reset. Test guys told me to go drive it on the freeway for 30 miles. This is 4 PM Wednesday, West LA. No freeway can one go anything faster than street driving at this time in West LA. Put 30 miles on it up to Mallibu. Could not take it back to Smog Center until today. Work yesterday and also work today, but has some time. Again, Smog check had on board computer not fully reset. Drove it another 20 miles and came back. Still the same problem. Went to Ford Dealership, they said, do cold and hot starts, drive it 150-300 miles, "It should reset"? So, I guess I am up for a run to the Desert!
So the reason I have low mileage is getting the GT on the street from my driveway. Have to use 2 trailed ramps, 63" apart with 2x4s front and back so the car won't scape. Have to park a Yukon directly across the street to prevent anyone from parking there. Need 90 degree angle to get car back up trailer ramps. I have put up and taken down these trailer ramps 6 times now, still have on board computer malfunction.
I am so glad our state leads the natoin in clean air quality regulations!
No idea what else to get the computer to reset after battery exchange.
Anyone with suggestions on solution to reset computer to pass smog test would be grateful.
Are there easy access battery terminals that one can attach a Battery Tender Jr. to to maintain a full charge?