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CAR FACTS
Emissions/Emissions Inspection

In Pennsylvania, the emissions system on your passenger vehicle must be checked annually.  This emissions test is usually done at the same time as your state inspection. 

Since 1996, vehicles have been manufactured with on-board diagnostics systems (OBDII), which include sensors to monitor exhaust emissions and computers to diagnose potential problems.  Your car’s computer will tell our technician which systems or systems aren’t working properly.  Further testing may be required to determine precisely what is wrong with the affected system(s).

Your vehicle’s instrument panel may include a dash light meant to indicate problems with components of the engine control system.  Typically, these lights are labeled "service engine soon" or "check engine."  If the light is glowing, it may indicate problems and you should have your vehicle checked.  If your “check engine” or “service engine soon” light begins flashing, you must have your vehicle checked immediately to avoid catalytic converter damage! When these lights go on, the computer in your vehicle will store codes to tell the technician what problem was sensed.  Vehicles with OBDII systems will not pass the emissions test with a check engine light on.  The cause must be diagnosed and corrected so that an emissions sticker can be issued.

Periodic engine checkups, along with necessary maintenance, can make a big difference in exhaust emissions. Even something as simple as the replacement of a dirty air filter can reduce emissions and save gas.

In addition to state requirements and warning lights, you are an important part of the equation in keeping your vehicle running properly.  If you notice smoke coming from your exhaust which has a different color or odor than usual, contact us to have your vehicle checked.

For most vehicles with their numerous sensors, computers and other electronic circuitry, accurate diagnosis is a "must.”  In the long run, proper diagnosis along with needed service can save time, fuel and our environment
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