Your emissions test letter now says final notice, it changed colors and it appears that it is going to expire in a few days, time to get it done.
You go to the emissions testing facility in Naperville or Joliet early one beautiful morning. You pull into the testing area after a bit of a wait, give the emissions testing technician your info, just like every other time you’ve taken the emissions test. You then proceed to hop out of your car while the tech does his thing, after the test is done you return to the vehicle ready to hit the pavement. Not so fast, don’t forget your failure notice and have a nice day.
Instead of enjoying the beautiful day, unfortunately you are all busy stressing out about what to do next. In the Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville Illinois area searching for an emissions repair shop near me? Last Chance Auto Repair, is the local emissions repair expert hence we work on and fix cars that have failed the emissions test on a regular basis, it’s not the end of the world. Our emissions repair shop has you covered.
Why Did I Fail My Emissions Test?
Did I fail my emissions test due to: faulty oxygen sensor(s), faulty fuel metering, problems with the EVAP system, worn-out or defective spark plugs, failing catalytic converter, leaks in vacuum hoses, defective air injection system or perhaps a faulty gas cap? So many possibilities, need an emissions repair shop you can trust? Call 815-577-0327 now!
Vehicles on the road these days typically will all have to preform a smog emissions test to be legally registered and to renew your sticker. Failing an emissions test can turn into a stressful situation, as it generally requires a trip to the local emissions mechanic shop where you’ll have to spend some hard earned money. Fortunately, some (not all) of the most common issues related to emissions test failures are actually quite inexpensive to repair.
Lets check out 5 of the most common reasons a car will fail an emissions test and why people come to our emissions repair shop in Plainfield, IL.
Bad O2 Sensor
Having O2 sensor(s) problems? Need your oxygen sensor(s) O2(s) replaced? These sensors determine if there is a lot or a little oxygen in the exhaust gases flowing through your exhaust system, so the engine can make adjustments accordingly to the amount of fuel being used in the engine to run at maximum efficiency.
If an oxygen sensor is malfunctioning it simply cannot properly monitor the exhaust gases. When this occurs you may notice a decline in your fuel economy along with a possible illumination of your check engine light.
From a possible to a definitely the light will eventually come on to additional problems occurring such as: overheating, loss of engine power & poor acceleration. Do you notice a sulfur or ‘rotten egg’ smell or black smoke coming from your exhaust? Is your engine hesitating, skipping, or surging? Have you ever had your oxygen sensor(s) replaced? It is starting to sound like you may be in need an emissions repair.
Call the emissions repair expert now to make an appointment.
Rich Fuel Mixture
Is your fuel economy tanking? Does it seem like fuel is just pouring out of your exhaust? Perhaps it could be due to a rich fuel mixture issue. When monitoring the emissions of your vehicle it may be found that there are high levels of carbon monoxide, which means that your vehicle is burning excessive amounts of fuel. This can happen because of a faulty MAF, MAP, oxygen sensor(s) or because of possible leaking fuel injectors.
Regardless, it sounds like you need a mechanic.
Bad Fuel Metering
Your vehicle’s computer system monitors fuel usage to ensure that there is a proper air-fuel mixture created that is required to make sure your running engine purrs as smoothly as can be. Fuel metering is a team of components that work together alongside with the computer which include: fuel pump assembly, fuel pressure sensor, fuel tank pressure sensor, fuel metering valve solenoid, fuel pressure regulator, etc.
Just like the culprits above this problem will also cause the check engine light to come on, decrease power, acceleration, fuel efficiency, along with hard starting, fuel gauge behaving erratically and or getting stuck on full or empty. Regardless of the problem, if any of this is starting to sound familiar its time to schedule a visit at a repair shop.
Faulty EVAP System
The Evaporative Emission Control System, also known as EVAP, prevents the release of gasoline vapors into the atmosphere due to loss through the gas tank & fuel system components. This system typically does not require any maintenance but just like everything and anything else can malfunction over time due to wear, tear & aging.
From a leak in one of the many connected vacuum hoses, lines or vents, a clogged up and or restricted charcoal canister that now creates too much pressure that needs to be released somehow to a faulty vent o-ring seal, defective leak detection pump, defective purge valve or even as simple as a broken, loose or cracked gas cap.
This can also: turn your check light on, create a poorly performing engine, make it very difficult to start the engine if at all, cause a rough idle and or shake, produce a gassy smell, plus the whole reason you were probably brought to this page and even read down this far; make you fail your emissions test. Looking for an emissions repair shop near me, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois you can count on?
Catalytic Converter Problem
Are you having a catalytic converter problem? If you think that removing your catalytic converter will help you pass an emissions test, your vehicle will put out far more emissions gases than it does already and you will fail. If your catalytic converter(s) is leaking or faulty it will also cause you to fail, so there is no point of even wasting your time getting an emissions test. Save money on gas and head to a repair or exhaust shop like local auto repair / exhaust expert Last Chance Auto Repair and get it diagnosed and fixed ASAP.
Your vehicle’s catalytic converter sits between the engine and the muffler in your exhaust system. Most vehicles are equipped with 1-4 catalytic converters.
The main function of this exhaust system component is to reduce emissions gases produced by your car’s engine which in return will help protect our environment. This metal canister is filled with a chemical catalyst which includes several different types of precious metals and other elements which will convert harmful gas emissions created by your vehicle’s engine into something more environmentally friendly hence green.
Driving with a bad catalytic converter isn’t always as obvious as one may think or hope. Check engine light might come on and then go off soon after or it may just stay on with either situation including no driveability symptoms. That isn’t always the case though, check engine light could be flashing, which means in most cases that the repair can turn costly if not resolved immediately along with a vibration shaking going on created by a misfiring engine. Time to make an appointment for service?
If your car has failed an emissions test aka smog check, be sure to schedule a visit with a reputable automotive shop that knows how to service emissions system related problems properly. Not all repair shops are created equal by any means nor is good at diagnosing emissions problems. Some shops specialize in emissions repairs and will be able to fix the problem, the right way, the 1st time, cost effectively.
For professional vehicle emissions, auto repair & maintenance services in Plainfield, IL, you’ll want to visit the pro’s at Last Chance Auto Repair.
Our team of highly trained mechanics can fix just about anything and know emissions systems like the backs of our hands. We have been serving Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland & beyond since 1978. Count on our 200+ years of combined emissions repair experience. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our auto repair in Plainfield, please give us a call at 815-577-0327 today.