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Are you worried your vehicle may not pass the emissions testing this time around and that you won’t have a legal vehicle for work or the school carpool? Instead of worrying about how often do you need a smog test, here are six tips that if carried out, you will more than likely pass the smog check with flying colors.

  1. Make sure the “Check Engine” light is not on. The “Check Engine” light is typically related to your vehicle’s emissions system and usually indicates a failing oxygen sensor. If this light is on, most likely your vehicle will not pass the test.
  2. Drive your vehicle. If your vehicle hasn’t been driven for long distances recently, take it out on the highway for around two weeks before taking it in for the emissions testing. Driving at higher speeds heats up the catalytic converter so that it can burn out oil and gas residues. The catalytic converter converts harmful emissions before they exit out the tailpipe, which stop-and-go city driving won't do.
  3. Have the oil changed before the test. Dirty oil can release additional pollutants, so while it doesn’t guarantee to pass the emissions testing, it will help.
  4. Have a tune up about two weeks before the test. Have all filters changed and make sure there are no cracks or leaks in the hoses. In some cases, the battery is disconnected during a tune-up, which resets the vehicle’s computer. Drive it out on the highway for a couple of weeks so there is enough diagnostic data for the emissions testing.
  5. Inspect your gas cap. The gas cap seals the fuel system, and if it is cracked or not fitted properly, it can trigger the “Check Engine” light. If the cap is damaged, replace it before the test.
  6. Drive at highway speeds for at least 20 minutes immediately before the smog check. This will warm the vehicle up and make sure it is running properly. It also warms up the combustion and emission systems.

Do you have questions about the above six tips to pass the smog check? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon today for more information about automotive shocks and car axles and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR and surrounding areas.

Wondering how often do you need a smog test? Your mechanic can answer your questions about the emissions testing process.
05
Oct
2018

Are you worried your vehicle may not pass the emissions testing this time around and that you won’t have a legal vehicle for work or the school carpool? Instead of worrying about how often do you need a smog test, here are six tips that if carried out, you will more than likely pass the smog check with flying colors.

  1. Make sure the “Check Engine” light is not on. The “Check Engine” light is typically related to your vehicle’s emissions system and usually indicates a failing oxygen sensor. If this light is on, most likely your vehicle will not pass the test.
  2. Drive your vehicle. If your vehicle hasn’t been driven for long distances recently, take it out on the highway for around two weeks before taking it in for the emissions testing. Driving at higher speeds heats up the catalytic converter so that it can burn out oil and gas residues. The catalytic converter converts harmful emissions before they exit out the tailpipe, which stop-and-go city driving won't do.
  3. Have the oil changed before the test. Dirty oil can release additional pollutants, so while it doesn’t guarantee to pass the emissions testing, it will help.
  4. Have a tune up about two weeks before the test. Have all filters changed and make sure there are no cracks or leaks in the hoses. In some cases, the battery is disconnected during a tune-up, which resets the vehicle’s computer. Drive it out on the highway for a couple of weeks so there is enough diagnostic data for the emissions testing.
  5. Inspect your gas cap. The gas cap seals the fuel system, and if it is cracked or not fitted properly, it can trigger the “Check Engine” light. If the cap is damaged, replace it before the test.
  6. Drive at highway speeds for at least 20 minutes immediately before the smog check. This will warm the vehicle up and make sure it is running properly. It also warms up the combustion and emission systems.

Do you have questions about the above six tips to pass the smog check? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon today for more information about automotive shocks and car axles and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR and surrounding areas.

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