Often, the solution for many problems starts with trying to prevent them in the first place. When it comes to emissions testing, there’s nothing more frustrating than taking time out of your busy schedule to get the test done, only to find out that your vehicle fails. It’s important to know how to prevent a failed emissions test. It’s also important to know what to do if your vehicle doesn’t pass the first time around.
What is the purpose of emissions testing?
The state of Arizona requires periodic emissions testing to ensure that vehicles meet certain emissions standards. The purpose of the emissions test and repair program is simple and beneficial to all of us; lower vehicle emissions to improve air quality, protect the environment, and help extend the life of your vehicle. The test helps identify when too many pollutants are being released into the air. It does this by measuring the amount of fuel coming out of the tailpipe; fuel that is not being used by the vehicle’s engine. This is one small measure that can help to save the environment. It can also save YOU money by alerting you to the fact that your vehicle is using too much fuel.
How do I prevent a failed emissions test?
One of the most obvious signs that your car will fail an emissions test is if the check engine light is on. This can be due to a variety of factors. It could indicate a serious problem or a simple issue such as a loose gas cap. If your check engine light is on, take your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop for diagnosis and any necessary repairs BEFORE you schedule an emissions test.
What happens if my car fails an emissions test?
If your vehicle fails the test, realize that it’s not the end of the world. However, it IS important to find out what the problem is. You will want to get it fixed so you can be back on the road sooner rather than later. Schedule an appointment with your favorite auto repair shop and they will diagnose the problem, provide you with an estimate for the cost of repairs, and complete the repair once you’ve given the approval.
At We-Fix-It Auto Repair, we do all of the above and go one step further – we’ll even take your vehicle back to the testing station for a re-test once the necessary repairs have been completed. It’s just one of the ways we let you know we’ll be here for you every step of the way.