Ways to pass a smog test

June 20, 2009

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In our time we live in, the car is practically a life necessity next to food and shelter.  And with our current economy, most people are keeping their cars longer.

Well when this happens and your car gets older, there are some things about your car’s maintenance you are going to have to become aware of.  I have learned them from owning a San Diego Smog Check shop

One of those things is when your car needs a smog check. Until your car is officially seven years old, a majority of people won’t think about it.

But be warned, if you do fail the smog check, what was supposed to be a small $50 smog check suddenly turns into a huge auto repair bill.

When you have to have your car pass the smog check so you can renew the registration, follow these bits of advice to ensure your car passes the smog check.

So before you visit a smog test San Diego only center follow these tips.

First, be positive that your vehicle is running correctly.When you see that your vehicle is not running smoothly, go take it to a auto repair store and have them take a look to find out what is wrong.Then have it repaired before your smog check.

Second is an easy tip but you will find it is necessary and that is to take your car for a drive.  Remember to pass the smog test, your vehicle needs to be efficient at burning fuel with as little smog emmissions as possible.When you don’t take the time to warm up the car, these causes the car not to have the correct combustion.  If that happens, you stand a chance of failing.Just drive it for a few miles, 10-15, and you will have it running as optimally as possible when you bring it in.

Third, try to use fuel additives.This has to be done during the time you fill up your car with gas.You just add some to the gas in the gas tank.  What this does is it helps lowers emmission levels by cleaning your car’s intake and exhaust paths.This gives the fuel and air the ability to flow freely.

Fourth, your tires need to be inflated to the proper pressure.This little known tip helps your car drive more smoothly and more accurately during the smog check.  This improves the overall emmissions output by helping the engine maintain a steady load.

Finally, have your oil changed.  If your engine oil needs to be changed and is contaminated, this could very well cause you to fail your smog test. Oils that are contaminated have high hydrocarbons and that will cause you to fail the test.

Follow these simple tips and you will surely pass your smog test with flying colors.  Take it from my experience running a San Diego auto repair service shop.


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