Georgia law requires that all gasoline cars and light-duty trucks (weighing 8,500lbs or less) made between 1994 – 2014 registered in one of the 13 counties in and around Metro Atlanta pass an emissions test. Once passed, you won’t need to pass another emissions inspection for a year. But what should you do if you fail an emissions test?
First off, don’t fret. Failed emissions tests are more common than they seem, and the reason may be something minor. If you failed an emissions test, the best thing to do is schedule a diagnostic emissions inspection with McCullough NAPA. Our ASE-certified technicians will diagnose your vehicle and make the necessary repairs to help you pass your emissions test.
Reasons For a Failed Emissions Test
A failed emissions test can be a total shock for a regular driver. The cause of a failed emissions test can range between a loose or cracked gas cap to an issue with the exhaust system. Here’s a comprehensive list of some reasons for a failed emissions inspection.
- Engine issues and check engine light. If this is on, you will always fail your test
- Overdue oil change
- Faulty oxygen sensor
- Damaged exhaust system
- Loose or cracked gas cap
How To Avoid Failing an Emissions Test
The State of Georgia suggests vehicle owners get their vehicle’s emissions tested four to six weeks before the registration renewal date. The extra time will allow any repairs to be made before the vehicle registration expires. The best way to ensure you pass your emissions test is to keep a regular maintenance schedule for your vehicle. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the same can be said for your vehicle. McCullough NAPA offers 30k, 60k, and 90k mile maintenance programs to keep your parts functioning as they should.
Schedule a Diagnostic Emissions Inspection with McCullough NAPA
Failing an emissions test can be frustrating, but we’re here to help. By keeping a regular maintenance plan and making sure your exhaust system is functioning correctly, you can increase your chances of passing your emissions test. Contact us to schedule your diagnostic emissions inspection or start your routine maintenance plan!