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Apart from emissions inspection is a noble practice, itis also a requirement by policy in most states. In the state of California, all vehicles except motorcycles are required to undergo an emissions inspection.
Whether you are a Californian resident looking to register your car or looking to renew car registration, an out-of-state resident relocating to California with your vehicle, or simply want to sell your vehicle (4 years and older) in California, an emissions test is necessary.
Failing the Emissions Test & Needing Repair
In case your vehicle fails an emissions test, it will need repair. Before contacting any other repair shop apart from your vehicle dealership, certify if your vehicle could still be covered by a manufacturer emissions control warranty. In the event that it’s still covered, contact your dealership. If not, find an outlet with a verified track record for these kinds of repairs.
Before you settle on any repair service, you should consider the following:
Do they possess the required diagnostic implements to detect emissions-related problems?
Ask to see the required certification such as ASE certification in A6, L1, and A8.
Do they possess a 5-gas analyzer (for automobiles manufactured in 1995 or before) to quantify emissions?
Is there a possibility that they possess an OBD standard scan tool (these are for automobiles manufactured in 1996 and beyond) to read and analyze DTCs?
They will also need to have an analyzer monitoring the vehicles ignition and general engine performance?
What Drivers Should Know
Whenever the “check engine” light goes on, it means that a vehicle will not pass an emissions test. The best cause of action in such an instance would be to get your vehicle checked. It also worth noting that when the light goes on, the problem could either be a minor or major one. An example of a minor issue could be a loose fuel cap while a larger one could be a major emissions control component failure.
In order to diminish the chances of your vehicle by releasing undesired emissions, you could routinely do the following things:
Maintain properly inflated tires
Check engine belt and hoses for wear and tear
Replace your engine oil regularly
Ensure that your fuel cap is replaced securely after a fill-up. Newer vehicles manufactured in 1996 and beyond may illuminate the“check engine” light when the fuel cap is loosely replaced
Maintain clean sealing surfaces of your vehicle’s fuel cap
Check Emissions Produced
Gas Tank & Gas Cap Inspection
Repair Car Components (If Needed)
Additional Free Services:
1. Multipoint Visual Inspection
2. Interior and Exterior Lamp Inspection
3. Road Test
4. Hand Car Wash & Vacuum
Apex Imports has the most advanced equipment to conduct emissions inspections, and our team of mechanics can also effectively diagnose car problems in the case of emissions inspection failure, ensuring efficient car repairs to help you pass the emissions inspection. Contact us to schedule an emissions inspection now!