Car Care Tips

Emissions Test Tips

If you search for information on the vehicle emissions test online, you will get hundreds of pages of tips and tricks on how to pass the test. But none of the advice or tips will help if proper and timely maintenance of your vehicle has not been practiced. A lot of vehicle issues can be avoided with simple routine tune-ups and doing the manufacturer recommended maintenance, such as oil changes, tire pressure maintenance, and checking fuel cap seals, belts and hoses for wear. This can lead to you passing your test the first time around and save you money in the process.

Here are the best emissions testing practices to follow:

1. Proper Vehicle Description: Passing the emissions test requires correct input of your vehicle's year, make, model, and engine size. You should ensure the technician is well aware of all your vehicle's details, i.e. custom components, engine changes, etc.

2. Don't forget to bring the following with you:
1) The car you need to emission test!
2) Your car's registration
3) Your driver's license
4) The paper you've received from the Ministry of Transportation

3. Early testing: Don't wait until the last minute to get your emission testing done. Begin working on getting your vehicle to pass the emissions test in advance of any Ministry of Transportation deadlines. This way, if your car does fail, you have sufficient time to do the repairs. Nobody likes to be pressed for time and more than likely money- not a good feeling, especially if you're a vehicle owner who never suspected their vehicle would have trouble passing the emissions test.

4. In-and-out testing: Testing usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes, if you go at the right time. If you want to avoid a long wait, take some precautions. Try to schedule an appointment ahead of time or call the inspection center and ask about down times and be sure to avoid high traffic times of the day.

5. Remember: By Law, the emissions technician must perform the emissions test and not pass the vehicle. If your vehicle fails to meet emissions standards, you will need to either have the vehicle repaired to obtain a full pass or to comply with the requirements of the Repair Cost Limit (RCL) and obtain a conditional pass. For more information, please visit http://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/drive-clean-test