The 13-county metro Atlanta region has more than 2.5 million cars that are tested for emissions each year. Georgia’s Clean Air Force, a partnership with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, recently released some tips to help drivers pass the emissions test.
Passing starts with good vehicle maintenance. “The most common reasons for emissions test failures can be checked and repaired during routine tune-ups,” Pamela T. Earl, a EPD official, said in a news release. “So, if you take proper care of your vehicle, you’re off to a good start in passing the emissions test.”
Other tips include:
–Tighten the Gas Cap. Make sure to fully tighten the gas cap after every fill up. On 1996 and newer model year vehicles, the “Check Engine” light may illuminate as a result of a loose fuel cap. If the “Check Engine” light appears, try tightening the fuel cap until it clicks, then drive the vehicle until the light resets.
–The Two Week Rule of Thumb. If you replace the car battery or clear the “Check Engine” light, be sure to drive the vehicle for two weeks (city and highway). This will help ensure that your car is functioning properly and is ready for the emissions test.
–Follow the Vehicle Maintenance Schedule. Lack of vehicle maintenance is a fairly common reason for emissions test failure. This is why it is important to follow the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule. Well-maintained vehicles usually pass the first time unless there’s an unrepaired component failure or manufacturer’s defect.
–Communication is Key. If your car’s computer is not properly communicating with the emissions station’s testing equipment, the fix could be as simple as replacing a malfunctioning cigarette lighter fuse.
–Don’t Ignore the “Check Engine” Light. When the “Check Engine” light appears, many drivers put off having it inspected by a local mechanic. This is a big mistake, as continued driving could further damage the vehicle.
Georgia’s Clean Air Force recommends testing your vehicle four to six weeks prior to the registration renewal date (the vehicle owner’s birthday) to allow ample time for any needed repairs and retests.
For additional information, visit http://bit.ly/emmissionstips.
The website also features a RepairWatch Public Report, which lists repair shops with a proven track record of emissions-related repairs. Motorists can view the report to find quality repair shops in their local area.