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Car Specialists - Smog Check II
All Car Specialists in a smog test and repair station.
We also smog check diesel vehicles according to California law.
In order to help our customers further understand the complex nature of California law regarding smog checks we have assembled a few frequently asked questions. Please select a link below for more information.
Smog Check II is an enhanced version of the current vehicle-emissions inspection program. It is operating in the areas of the state with the dirtiest air. Frequently asked questions include:
When does Smog Check II start?
The program is operating now. Most of Smog Check II is being phased in. The major provisions took effect in the summer 1998. Some portions of the program have yet to be implemented.
How does it work?
Smog Check II requires most 1974 and newer vehicles to be tested every other year (new vehicles are also exempted until their fifth year). Eighty-five percent of vehicles go to neighborhood smog check facilities for testing and repairs, while 15 percent must go to designated test-only centers. These vehicles include:
High-mileage fleet vehicles
"Gross polluters" and other potential high-polluting vehicles Two-percent random sample of all covered vehicles
Is the test different?
Smog Check II uses a new dynamometer test that more accurately measures emissions by duplicating some driving conditions. It measures three pollutants: oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC). Vehicles will also be subject to an additional test to make sure the evaporative system is operating properly.
Are emission standards stricter?
Emission standards are still based on those in effect in the vehicle's year of manufacture. New cars must still meet more stringent standards than old cars.
How likely am I to fail?
State officials estimate that 30 percent of all vehicles tested will fail, due to the more accurate and representative test. Without a pre-test, 18 percent of all vehicles tested failed under the old program.
What happens if I fail?
To be registered, failing vehicles must be repaired to meet the standards applicable to the vehicle. They may also be stored or otherwise lawfully disposed of. Eventually motorists will be able to sell their failing vehicles to the state under the "buy-back" provisions of the program. A subsidy program to assist low-income owners of failing vehicles is being developed.
What is a gross polluter?
Vehicles that fail by a wide margin are considered "gross polluters." (10 percent of vehicles produce about half the auto-related emissions — or 12 percent of emissions from all sources.) A gross polluter can be any age or type of vehicle that has been tampered with, poorly maintained or in need of repair. It is illegal to drive or sell a gross polluting vehicle in California, and it cannot be registered with the DMV.
There is no cost limit on repairs to these vehicles. If they are repaired to below gross polluter threshold, they are eligible for a one-time waiver or "economic hardship extension." After the waiver period, the car must be brought in to compliance or disposed of in a proper manner. Gross-polluting vehicles are not subject to confiscation by the state.
Why am I seeing roadside emission sensors?
The state will use roadside sensors to help in the identification of gross polluters. The program is not yet fully operational. The equipment motorists are now seeing in Southern California is gathering information on locations and set up. When the plan is implemented, owners of vehicles identified as gross polluters by a roadside sensor will be mailed a notice and must have the car tested at a designated test-only station. If it passes, the owner will not need to take any further action. If the car fails, the procedures are the same as those described above, depending on how badly the vehicle fails. Failure to respond to the notice will result in fines.
Additional changes compared to the old smog check program:
The Bureau of Automotive Repair has an information line — (800) 952-5210.
Diesel Smog Checks
Starting in January 1, 2010 California passed a law that diesel trucks and cars will be subject to smog checks. Although this is the new law, All Car Specialists in San Gabriel has the right equipment to check your diesel vehicle. All Car is a diesel specialists shop and can fix your diesel in order to get it running properly to pass. We have trained technicians that follow the same guidelines as normal smog checks in San Gabriel. The process of the smog check is about the same as gasoline vehicles. The smog test is a 3 part test that consists of a visual check, a OBD-II, and a visual smoke test all of which follow the smog check inspection procedures manual. Vehicles that are exempt from the diesel smog checks are vehicles that are over the maximum 14,000 gross vehicle weight rating. If you have questions regarding the test please call or bring your diesel into All Car Specialists in San Gabriel.
326 & 330 S Del Mar Ave
San Gabriel CA 91776
Paul Brow - PBrow@all-car.com Cheryl Brow - CBbrow@all-car.com
California Automotive Service - San Gabriel Vehicle Repair