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How to Pass An Emissions Test

How to Pass An Emissions Test

How to Pass an Emissions Test. Emissions testing, also known as a smog check, is required in many parts of the country. The procedure helps ensure your vehicle meets the emissions standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or state governments. Exactly how often your vehicle must be tested depends on the requirements set by the state or local government. The same goes for which model year is exempt or subject to emissions testing. There are two basic types of emissions tests: tailpipe and onboard diagnostics (OBD II). Which one your car must undergo depends on the requirements in your area, as well as the age of your vehicle. With an OBD test, a scan tool is plugged into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. That allows the technician to communicate with the onboard computer to ensure it isn’t flag ... read more

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How can I keep my Vehicle from producing Excess Emissions

How can I keep my Vehicle from producing Excess Emissions

There is several things that you can do to help decrease your vehicles Emissions. One of the biggest tells that you should look for that your vehicle is producing excessive amounts of emission is that light that comes on on your dash that say Check Engine. The check engine light on the dashboard is a warning that many vehicle owners dread. The check engine light is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle’s emissions, ignition, fuel or exhaust systems. It could be  caused by something as simple as a loose gas cap or a faulty oxygen sensor or spark plug or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter or major engine problems, so you shouldn’t ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems. The check engine light (typically a yellow or orange outline of an engine with the word “Check” or ... read more

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