What Is Emissions Testing?

Emissions testing is the process of monitoring and minimizing the environmental impacts of fuel-powered vehicles. As you probably already know, our vehicles generate an array of pollutants. In many states, it is required by law for certain cars to go through regular emissions testing. 


At European Auto Motors, we provide emissions testing and automotive services to ensure you pass this test. In other words, our certified mechanics can help you work towards a greener car. During an emissions test, your car is hooked up to a state-of-the-art emissions testing machine. It will generate power from your engine and move your wheels while your vehicle is idle. The machine is able to read levels of hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and other chemicals. Ultimately, you will pass or fail depending on whether these measurements meet standards set forth by the government. 


Emissions testing is incredibly important for both the environment and your wallet. When your car runs efficiently and safely, you won’t waste money on excess fuel. Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing your passengers aren’t breathing in harmful gasses. The test will ultimately help you understand how your car is doing. 


Common Causes of Emissions Test Failures

  • High levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, or other harmful gasses
  • Exhaust system leaks
  • Check engine light illuminated
  • Loose, damaged or missing gas cap
  • Missing exhaust equipment, like catalytic converters or mufflers
  • Clogged catalytic converters

Testing procedures can vary slightly from one facility to another, so feel free to call the team at European Auto Motors if you have any questions. However, the goal of emissions tests remains to be the same. If you require an emissions test or repair today, please do not hesitate to call or visit the specialists at European Auto Motors soon.