I realized as of today, my NYS inspection is up. I had a CEL for something I knowingly did, so I put things back to normal and cleared the codes. If you don't already know, your CEL's will clear when you clear the codes, but readiness tests all must be passed again in order for you to pass inspection. Normally, simply driving around for a few days will allow the ECU to re-test everything and reset readiness codes to 'passed'. However, I did not have the liberty of waiting.
There is a procedure to pass all the tests using vag-com while sitting still, but MOST of the tests can be passed by a simple run around town.
After driving the car about 5 miles, I checked and all readiness was passed except secondary air and evap emissions. I did some searching, and found the answer of how, with vag-com, you can easily pass these tests rather than drive for days for them to pass on their own (provided there are no problems).... so I thought I'd share my findings in a topic that would be easy for people to find if they search. This information is already out there, but it took alittle digging to find exactly what I needed - so here it is, for anyone that found themselves in my situtation:
Passing Secondary Air Readiness:
1. Turn car on, let idle. Vag-com -> Engine / Measuring Blocks
2. Block 77 -> click GO
3. Raise RPM to 2k and hold it there, and click Basic Settings
4 Watch the channels, one of them should say Test ON, wait till it says Sys OK, or something like that. Readiness for secondary air should now be passed. Edit: Note- when you click basic settings while holding the revs, you will immediately drop back to idle, and no matter what you do with the gas pedal, nothing will happen. This, i'm assuming, is only pertaining to DBW 1.8t's like me.
Passing Evaporative Emissions Readiness:
1. Step one same as above
2. Block 70 -> click GO
3. Leave car IDLING, and click basic settings.
4. Same as above. Once block 70 passed, repeat from step 2 using block 71.
Once in basic settings, these tests took anywhere from 10 seconds to just under a minute to pass. Close measuring blocks / basic settings and verify in readiness that everything's cool, and you're ready to pass inspection.
Modified by Illegal Gardener at 4:35 PM 7-1-2006