3 Simple Tips To Help You Pass The Emissions Test For Your Car

23 June 2017
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Controlling the level of toxins in the air is the primary reason why some states require emissions tests on vehicles, and this is understandable. However, if your car has to be tested, it can be a little unnerving to think that failing the test could mean parking your car until you get the money for the necessary repairs. Thankfully, passing an emissions test is typically not as intimidating as it sounds and most cars do pass. Just to be sure you do not run into any major problems, there are a few simple tips that can help you pass the emissions test for your vehicle. 

Make sure the tires are properly inflated before the test. 

This one may sound a little off the wall, but it is actually based on fact that a car that has unstable tire pressure will need greater engine power to function–especially if you drive an older vehicle. Some emission tests involve driving onto a trolley-like platform and setting the tires in motion to mimic what happens when the car is going down the road, which means tire pressure can be involved. Before you take your car in for the emissions test, use a tire pressure gauge to ensure that all of your tires are evenly filled with air. 

Go get your oil changed. 

Did you know that your engine oil contributes to some of the emissions your car distributes as it is in operation? If you have not had your engine oil changed for quite some time, it gets filled with contaminating agents that burn when the car is running, which means the residual emissions coming from your motor can have a certain level of these agents and that could easily cause you to fail the test. Therefore, getting the oil changed just before you go in for the test can improve your chances of actually passing. 

Take your car for a short trip before stopping in for the emissions test. 

When your car's engine initially fires up, all those inner working parts and components are not at their best operating temperature; it takes a little time for the engine and its components to actually reach this stage. Once the engine is evenly heated, the fuel, oil, and other components are as well, which means lower emission levels. Therefore, if you live just up the street from the emissions testing center, it will best to take a short drive before you just hop in, start up your engine, and head straight there. 

Contact a service shop, like Silver Star Motors Mercedes-Benz Specialists, for more help.