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Old 02-25-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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smog check fail

Need some help. My gf got a used car but failed the smog check. Now what.? Does she has to fix it till it passes or can she return it to the guy she bought it from?
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That's a state issue. I don't have smog testing here, so I can't advise.
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Did the previous owner gave her the smog when they did it? Why doesn't it pass? Cel?
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Did the previous owner gave her the smog when they did it? Why doesn't it pass? Cel?
No they didn't give her smog paper.. it says fail on the rpms.. its getting 759 and its supposed to get 250ish..I don't know what that means its on the paper.. the car seems to run good with no dash lights on
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An oil change can make a big difference on the smog checks. Also drive it around for an hour or so on the highway before you take it in to get it tested. I passed the e-check we used to have here in my old fox body and I didn't even have Cats doing those 2 things lol.
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Well I know in Cali you are required by law to include a smog check that has passed within 90 days when selling a car. Quite a few don't do this, so it is a risk when buying a car without one, putting you in a situation like this. What is it that is running high? It could be something about the cats, coolant, oil, ect. Need a little more info to really be of help.
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Well I know in Cali you are required by law to include a smog check that has passed within 90 days when selling a car. Quite a few don't do this, so it is a risk when buying a car without one, putting you in a situation like this. What is it that is running high? It could be something about the cats, coolant, oil, ect. Need a little more info to really be of help.
What should I check?? I'll be changing the oil soon. So if it can't pass the smog check she can return it ??
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If it came from a dealer you might be able to pressure them to return it, if not you guys bought it as-is. It could even be a thermostat stuck open. My fathers truck failed due to a stuck thermostat keeping gas sticking to the cylinder walls resulting in high hydrocarbons I believe. It could be one of quite a few things. I would start with a tune up and some regular maintenance.
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Those number I believe are your pollutant numbers. In order to pass you have to be between a certain range. Depending on how old the car is I would have your cats checked maybe even just replaced. .
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It was some guy on craig'slist.. this weekend ill start by changing the oil and spark plugs... Thanks guys for the help
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