Preparing for a Smog Check in Paso Robles and Templeton

Preparing for a Smog Check in Paso Robles and Templeton

A smog check (also known as an emissions check) is a requirement for most vehicles owned in California.  They are due at every-other registration renewal with the DMV after they reach about eight years of age.  Some cars are exempt from smog checks, but if you’re like most of us, you’re here because you’ve received one of those DMV notices that it’s time for a smog check in Paso Robles or Templeton.  If that’s the case, here are a few things you can do to prepare your vehicle for a smooth smog check…

Warm your vehicle up

Our auto repair shop is located in Paso Robles at the border with Templeton.  If you’re driving from a location near us for a smog check, take a little detour first and properly warm up your engine.  We cannot administer the smog check if your vehicle’s engine isn’t at the proper operating temperature.  A good rule of thumb is to drive for about 20 minutes before coming in for a smog check.

Keep your battery connected

This tip is the one that surprises the most people!  If your vehicle recently needed a new battery or a jump start, try to hold off on getting your smog check for at least one week if you can.  Vehicle computers can lose data if power is lost or disconnected and it can take 100 or even 200 miles of driving for the computer to regain enough emissions information to complete a smog check.

Have clean oil

Dirty oil contains pollutants and can prevent your engine from running at its best.  It is recommended to have a smog check when you know your oil isn’t past-due for a change.   Did you know we now offer an oil change punch card?  Purchase 4 oil changes with us at regular price and the 5th one is free!

Get your smog check with Allegiance Automotive

It’s important that your engine is running right before completing a smog check.  We use the latest and greatest equipment at our car repair shop in Paso Robles at the border of Templeton to keep your car, truck, or SUV running in tip-top shape.  If you’re worried about not passing a smog check or maybe your check engine light is on and you’re pretty sure you need a repair, make an appointment for a vehicle diagnostic check (this isn’t the same as an exhaust check/smog check) and we’ll help you get your car running clean in no time. 

We’re at our auto repair shop Monday-Friday and on Saturdays by appointment.   If you’re ready for a smog check in Paso Robles or Templeton, come on in and see us!  You can even request an appointment online:

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