Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tricks to passing a Smog Test

In our day and age, the automobile is one of life's necessities right up there with food and shelter.  And with our current economy, most people are keeping their cars longer.

Well when you find this happening and your car is older, it will be time to learn some things in regards to car maintenance.  I have learned them from owning a San Diego Smog Check shop

One of those things is when you have to go and get a smog test for your car. Until the day your car turns seven years old, you will find a lot of people don't even think about it.

But beware, if you fail the smog test, what could of been a simple $50 smog test could suddenly become a $300-$400 repair.

When you need your vehicle to pass a smog test so you can renew your vehicle registration, here are some tips you can take so your inexpensive smog test, can pass with flying colors.

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

First, make every effort to ensure your vehicle is running right.If your vehicle is not running correctly, get it to an autor service shop as soon as possible so they can see if their is a problem.Then have it fixed before your smog test.

Second, is an easy one but necessary, take your car for a drive.Remember passing the smog test means your car needs to burn fuel efficiently with as little or no smog emmissions a possible.Because when the car has not been propery warmed up, it will not have the proper combustion you need.  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, start using fuel additives.  You do this whenever you fill your car up 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, have your tires inflated to the proper pressure.  This little tip will help your vehicle drive with greater stability and accuracy during the smog test.The overall emmissions improves in output because the engine is able to maintain a steady load.

Finally, have your oil changed.If the oil in your car does need to be changed and is contaminated, this can be a cause of failure when you take it for a smog test. Oils that are contaminated have high hydrocarbons and that will cause you to fail the test.

Follow these tips about your car and you stand a good chance of passing with flying colors the smog test.  Take it from my experience running a San Diego auto repair service shop.

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