us usual, our resident asshole does not answer the question, not gives a
smart assed remark that has nothing to do with the posters original
question. jims statement is rite on the money. without state or province
location, we can not give a true answer of what to look for
Indeed, Tom... here in Alberta we don't even have any clear cut
anti-tampering laws regarding emissions controls. All the Alberta government
has been able to tell me is that we "can't" do that... there are no penaltes
currently in place. Several years ago, I was informed "they are coming"...
Conversely, improper disposal of waste oil and antifreeze or improper
refrigerant handling procedures can net both tech and employer some pretty
A quick trip to British Columbia shows an entirely different take on the
Those that know anything regard both as "environmental impact". Zero
pollution is an impossible dream.... therefore, it behooves each and
everyone of us to minimize the "footprint" we leave behind.
A long time ago, someone astutely observed that "we don't own this
planet.... we are borrowing it - from our grandchildren".
Naturally, everyone here doesn't expect you to realize any relevance in
this and we await your next meaningless diatribe....
Sadly, we have nothing.... no visual, no code scan... nada, nunco, zip. We
are so far behind the times that I'm lost for words.
FWIW... under warranty, I am not allowed to defeat emission controls....
when it comes to retail, I refuse to defeat emission controls.
I am certainly no tree hugger... but I do believe that we need to mind our
C.G., I'm in Los Angeles. Here's my take:
Be wary? Yes, if you don't pass you are screwed. Been there, done
that. They don't do repairs. Test only. Of course if you're positive
it will pass it doesn't matter. If you're *not* sure, try to find a smog
station that will work with you. Talk to them before you commit. Tell
them it barely passed last time and you are really worried about it this
time. Try to get a feel for whether they will work with you or not.
We have three vehicles and the guys at the local smog shop have gotten
to know me. When I come in I usually remind them that I'm a regular with
something like "Hi guys, me again" and show my fingers crossed.
When I did my T-Bird this last time they unplugged, then replugged the
computer and had me drive on the freeway for 40 minutes and come back.
It then passed by a whisker. The second reason to shop is (I'm pretty
sure about this) that when your car is hooked up to the computer (at a
test only place) and fails there is a record of it in Sacramento. Why
pay to get one strike against you?
good explanation. almost the same here in new jersey, but we have both state
inspection stations, and private stations. if you go to a state station, it
is free,but it is test only, and if you fail, you get 30 days to fix it. at
a private station it costs $60 for the test, but they are E.R.F. (emissions
repair facility) certified, and can fix it on the spot.
I'm confident that it will pass. But I'm also ignorant as to what
they test. What components in the car should be in shape? There
are no OBD lights 'on' except for the seat belt. The motorised
seat-belt jammed last month and I disconnected the motor for now.
That said, my original concern was, "are there things that the
mechanics could do to delibrately fail my car and try to make money
out of me?". I might sound rather paranoid given the fact that I'm
taking it to a test only center. But this is my first time and I
thought it might help to be paranoid than sorry.
Thanks in advance.
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