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post #1 of 3 Old 01-02-2019, 01:05 AM Thread Starter

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California emissions test law - 2019

Starting this year, cars which are less than 8 years old will no longer be required to be tested for smog in this state .
Glad to see this, but still surprised considering CA has always been the leading "extremist" state when it comes to emissions restrictions .
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I didn't know this, thanks for letting us know.

I think the biggest impact will be the loss of all that smog-check business for the little shops everywhere. But yeah in practice for newer cars, all they do is check the OBD info and give it a pass. The fraction of newer cars that would fail is so tiny that the state couldn't justify making everybody go through the motions.

With my 1988 Porsche they had to put it on the dyno and run through the gears with a sniffer in the tailpipe... now that's a smog check.

When I took my 2005 QP for a smog, the guy wanted to give it back to me because "the check engine light stays on." I told him he had to be more patient, it's Italian.... he couldn't believe any car has such a long self-check with the engine light on.

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Oddly, cars older than 1975 are exempt from smog checks - those are the heaviest polluters ! But I suppose the percentage of pre-75 cars still on the road is so low, it does not make a difference . Besides, fixing those to be smog compliant would be cost-prohibitive and likely much more than the value of the entire car ...except of course if it's a pre-75 classic / collectors car .

Yeah, the dyno run and tailpipe tester has been dropped for certain cars a couple of years ago ; not sure if it's by the year made or another criteria but the test stations' computer indicates which cars are eligible for the " simple testing " once the OBD is pugged in.
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