Wednesday, June 30, 2010
We were advised to have the vehicles up to operating temperature prior to the test. This was accomplished by a couple of miles on the interstate and then off to Bill's Auto Repair in Caldwell. The test took less than 10 minutes per car and $10 each for the test service. Both vehicles passed and we were back home by 8:30 AM.
Here are some tips:
1. Make sure the vehicle is up to operating temperature.
2. Your check engine light is not on
3. Your gas cap is of the proper type for your vehicle
4. All the factory emissions equipment is in place on the vehicle.
On newer cars with on board diagnostics they don't even probe the tail pipe. A connector will be hooked up to the vehicle computer port and everything is in the automatic mode after that. Older cars get a probe up the exhaust pipe.
Testing stations get $3.00 the rest goes to DEQ and others. At Bill's they indicated nearly all vehicles pass the test. Those that don't will have to be repaired and retested.
The worst part of the testing was just having to take the vehicles to the testing station. We are none the worse for wear and $20 poorer for the experience. We have to wonder how long testing station operators will put up with getting $3.00 for all the bother they have to endure. Most of the money goes to others on this deal.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:48 AM