Just as you go to the doctor for a check-up on your health, it is also important to monitor your vehicle’s health. Emission tests do just that. Emission testing, a smog check, is conducted to monitor the pollutant emissions produced by the engine that are released into the air. Keeping the environment clean and safe is important, therefore it is important for you to do your part and check your vehicle’s emission level. Emission tests are a pass/fail system. These are the most common reasons cars fail their testing:
- Fuel metering out of specification
- Faulty oxygen sensor
- Defective ignition system
- Leaks in the vehicle’s vacuum
- Rich fuel mixture
- Malfunction in the air injection system
- Faulty evaporation emission control system
Receiving a smog check can only take a few minutes if your vehicle is up to healthy “pass” standards. If you pass, you’ll be given a certificate to present while registering your vehicle that year. If you fail, you will need to repair whatever is wrong. Once your vehicle is repaired and ready for inspection you must re-test until you pass. If you fail to pass the test in time for your registration renewal, you will be at risk of losing your license plates or have to pay extra fees. It is important to keep you with vehicle inspections in order to save yourself money and time.
Smog Checks in Texas
Each state requires their own set of requirements when it comes to how often you receive a smog check. In Texas it depends upon the county you live in. The main areas that require testing are Austin-Round Rock, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, Dallas-Fort Worth, and El Paso. All gasoline-powered vehicles 2 to 24 model years old need annual smog testing. Emission testing must be done by certified professionals and can cause a problem to the environment if your vehicle is emitting pollutants into the air. Certified stations for testing are located throughout every mandated county.
Call Elite RV & Car Care Today
It is important to keep up with your vehicle’s heath. Texas requires an emission test every year is Harris County. Elite RV & Car Care is here to help you make sure your vehicle is up-to-date and ready to pass it’s smog check. Call to schedule an appointment today, (281) 645-5629.