What You Need To Know About State Inspections And Emissions

What You Need To Know About State Inspections And Emissions

In PA, our inspection and emissions is yearly to make sure that their emission control systems are functioning properly. This check is to ensure that hazardous combustion gases are not being released into the atmosphere and reducing the air quality. In PA, the test is for a new emissions sticker.

What Is Involved In An State Emissions Check?

During the inspection, the technician will measure the hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and emissions from evaporation from your vehicle. Some locations have digital scanners and others use a wand that is inserted into your vehicle’s tailpipe.

What Happens If You Fail The Inspection?

If your emissions are higher than the state maximum level, your vehicle will fail the inspection and need to be repaired before having it re-tested. There are a number of things that can cause your vehicle to fail. Just a few of these include a leaky tailpipe or muffler, a problem with the air injection system,a contaminated oxygen sensor, a vacuum leak and a defective injection system.

If your vehicle has failed the emissions test, you’ll need to take it to a state-approved auto mechanic for an auto diagnosis and auto repair. Your problem may be as simple as a check engine light that’s on or a more serious issue, such as an exhaust system that needs to be replaced. In some regions, the mechanic is able to retest your vehicle and issue you an inspection report after the vehicle has been repaired. When the vehicle passes the test, we affix a sticker to the windshield.

While state inspections and emissions testing may seem like an extra hassle, this requirement has helped to improve the outdoor air quality in cities throughout the United States by up to 25 percent, according to the US EPA.

To learn more about state emissions testing and to make an appointment to have your vehicle repaired so it will meet state emissions standards, contact Martino Auto Center at (215) 348-1466.