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Five Ways to Prepare for a Smog Inspection

When bringing in your vehicle for a smog inspection, even a seemingly minor detail can determine whether it passes or fails. Photo: Discount Smog Check Centers (2015)

When bringing in your vehicle for a smog inspection, even a seemingly minor detail can determine whether it passes or fails. Photo: Discount Smog Check Centers (2015)

A vehicle can fail a smog inspection for a variety of reasons, so it’s important to be prepared prior to your appointment. Here are five common issues to address:

1. Warm up your vehicle. Since a smog inspection requires a vehicle’s catalytic converter to be hot, a cool engine can result in an unwarranted test failure. That’s why it’s a good idea to drive your vehicle for at least 20 minutes before bringing it to a smog check facility. If you know your wait time will be more than 30 minutes, keep your engine running to make sure it stays warm. Continue reading “Five Ways to Prepare for a Smog Inspection” »

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