We're Talkin' Smog Checks!
- Created: Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:09
- Written by Mr. Car Guy
Hello again readers! We here at ExperTec Automotive are back this week to discuss something slightly different. It may not be considered basic vehicle maintenance, lead to vehicle failure, or even noticeably effect your vehicle’s performance, but neglecting this crucial part of owning a vehicle could legally keep your car off the street: the California smog check.
The California Smog Check program mandates that cars made in 1976 or later must get a smog check, aka emissions test, every two years. It was enacted with the goal of reducing air pollution, by requiring that owners must repair cars which produce excessive emissions. Anybody wishing to sell a car over four years old must also perform a smog check first.
How exactly does a emissions test work, and what are some of the most common causes for failing one?
Well, an emissions test is performed by using special equipment to measure the amounts of different particles and chemicals in the exhaust emitted by a vehicle. If they are over a certain number, then your car will fail.