Emission tests, aka smog checks or smog tests, are standardized vehicle tests that measure exhaust emissions for various engine types and vehicles. Because DRIVE AutoCare is a STAR Certified Test and Repair Station, when we perform the test, you will know how much pollution your vehicle is giving off and whether its exhaust fumes meet the standard set by the State of California.
The emission test indicates levels of different fumes: hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and emissions from evaporation. Without regulations on this, the air we breathe would be thick and dangerous, and unhealthy to society. By having your car smog checked in accordance with the laws in the State of California, you are helping cut back on the adverse impacts of vehicle emissions.
What Happens During an Emission Test?
During your smog test, DRIVE AutoCare will connect a machine to your exhaust pipe. The device can read what chemicals your car is putting out while it sits in idling. If your vehicle is found to be putting out excessive emissions, it will receive a failing status, and you won't be able to pass until you fix the issues to control the excess emissions. Our technician will inspect your exhaust system during a smog check, including your muffler, catalytic converter, and other connections under the hood.
Why Is Emission Testing Important?
You might think smog tests are just another inconvenience on top of all the other maintenance you have to get for your vehicle. However, safety is a big part of why emission testing is essential. If your vehicle's exhaust system is in poor condition, it could leak out toxic fumes and put you at risk of hazardous situations. When you know that the emissions from your vehicle comply with the law, you can rest assured that it is running efficiently and safely. A clean exhaust system means fresh air for you and your passengers to breathe. Additionally, you are also taking part in keeping adverse environmental effects down.
If you are looking for a trustworthy auto technician to do your smog check in North County San Diego (Solana Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Carmel Valley) look no further than the professionals at DRIVE AutoCare. Because DRIVE AutoCare is a STAR Certified Test Station, we can perform Test Only Smog Inspection and also Smog Test & Repair. Learn more about our smog check services.