What you need to know before getting a smog check in California

The State of California has been enforcing Smog Checks since 1984 in an effort to help reduce pollution in the Sunshine state. Vehicle owners are required to go through these checks in biannual bases (every 2 years). Laws regarding the smog checks change very frequently and previous exceptions do not hold up in 2019. Some of the current smog check exemptions are cars 1975 or older for gas, 1997 or older for diesel and Electric Vehicles, so it is best to find someone that can make this process fast, easy, and affordable. 

We go the extra mile to make sure your vehicle passes its inspection. Got a check engine light showing up on your dashboard that will prevent it from passing the smog check? Not an issue, we will not only let you know, but we will also tell you how to fix it. 

That's why Rochas Auto Service makes the promise to have your year 2000+ vehicle in and out the door in less than 20 minutes.  Vehicles year model 1999 and older, take a bit longer none the less you will be heading home in less than 35 minutes. 

Come into Rochas Auto Service, an auto shop near you in the corner of Hartnell and Shasta View.

Smog F.A.Q

Are the results sent to the DMV?
-Yes, as soon as the vehicle passes or fails the results are sent directly to the DMV. 

Will my car always fail if the check engine light is on?
-Unfortunately yes, the check engine shows you that there might be an issue with your vehicle or pending code that will prevent it from passing the smog check. The best thing you can do is get it diagnosed and fix the issue. Sometimes it can be something with a very low cost to fix in other cases the cost can rise, for example, a faulty catalytic converter. 

How many times can I fail the smog check and try again? 
-As many times as its necessary for it to pass. 

Will my vehicle pass the smog check if I just changed the battery? 
It will fail more often than not. The reason for this is that the sensors and monitors are reset when you unplug the battery, the car will need to relearn and or update the sensors and monitors. The way to fix it is simple, just drive it until it relearns all the sensors and monitors. Contrary to popular belief there is no specific amount of miles that need to be driven for the vehicle to relearn, it could be as low as 10 miles or as high as 100, it depends a lot on the vehicle. 

Will the traction or Airbag lights on the dashboard prevent my car from passing the smog check? 
-No, the smog checks do not take that into account for passing or failing the inspection.

Do I need to do an oil change in order to pass the Smog Check? 
-We do recommend it for 1999 vehicles or older, it is not necessary for a newer vehicle (2000+.) The reason for this is that sometimes the oil can have small quantities of gas mixed in it, therefore, making it contaminated.

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