In Georgia, residents are required to have their vehicles pass an emissions test before they can be registered. There are a few tips you can use to help prepare your vehicle before the test day arrives.
One of the most common reasons why vehicles don’t pass the emissions test is because of vehicle malfunctions. Such things as a malfunction in the components in your vehicle that regulate air/fuel ratio, dirty air filters, misfiring spark plugs, leaks in the vehicles vacuum system, or an ill-fitting fuel cap.
- Have your oil changed on a regular basis
- When replacing your fuel cap, do so tightly
- Make sure the sealing parts of your fuel cap are clean and in good repair
- Keep your vehicles tires inflated properly
- Transmission problems are directly related to the emissions control system, have your vehicle inspected anytime the check engine light comes on
- Make sure to search for recalls, technical service bulletins, and manufacturer warranties regarding your emissions control system
Note: Federal law requires emissions control systems on 1995 and newer model year vehicles to be warranted by the manufacturer for two years or 24,000 miles. Federal law also requires the OBD computer and catalytic converter on 1995 and newer vehicles to be warranted by the manufacturer for eight years or 80,000 miles. Many vehicle manufacturers provide extended warranty coverage beyond what is required by federal law. Consult your vehicle owner’s warranty manual for coverage information.