October 4, 2017
Emission testing is becoming commonplace across America as individual agencies are realizing the effect car exhaust has on the environment. Today, nearly everyone relies on a personal automobile for transportation to and from work, for running errands, and even enjoying a vacation. While individuals in major cities may benefit from public transportation, many of these still utilize their own car or truck in order to reach their connection to public transport. With so many people, not only in America, but worldwide driving everyday, a vehicle’s emissions needs to be regularly checked for the future of our planet.
Depending on where you live these emission requirements are different but all seemingly perform an extensive check of your car’s exhaust system to ensure an appropriate amount of emissions takes place when in use.
Different states and sometimes counties have varying levels of scrutiny and in particular, most compliance depends on the model year of the automobile in question. For the state of Colorado, system checks are performed by Air Care Colorado on all gasoline powered vehicles. Diesel automobiles are regulated by an entirely different program.
If your vehicle was manufactured in the last one to seven years it is exempt from the emission testing protocol, but don’t forget to keep track of the dates as it may soon need inspecting. Specifically, if your car is a 2010 or 2011 model then inspections will be mandatory soon.
Automobiles eight to 11 years old are tested with an onboard diagnostic plug-in test and vehicles 12 years old back to 1982 with a dynamometer assessment. Cars and trucks older than 1982 are tested via a two speed idle tailpipe test.
A variety of factors could cause your vehicle to not pass inspection but owners are given an opportunity to correct any issues and retest. This is when the car should be taken to a professional for service in order to ensure a clear report when conducting a retest for a previously failed assessment.
Fortunately, many of the common reasons for a failed emission test can be easily corrected. Colorado residents have ten days to return to an Air Care Colorado site for a free retest following an initial failed result. Often after diagnosing the problem and seeking a professional remedy many automobiles are given a clean record and can be back on the road.
The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can make the necessary modifications to your vehicle's emissions or complete a variety of potential other services needed on your vehicle. Our trained professionals will be happy to answer any questions regarding vehicle care or perform service on any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Read our reviews on Google and request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.