Emissions Testing 101: How to Prepare for a Colorado Emissions Test

Emissions Testing 101: How to Prepare for a Colorado Emissions Test

Emissions testing is not only required by law but essential for protecting our air and environment. Colorado takes air quality seriously and emissions testing is required every two years. Typically, getting an emissions test is a simple process, but there are a few things to know before you go.

Run your Car First

When a vehicle first starts up, it emits more pollution than after it runs. To get an accurate reading, run your vehicle at highway speed for about 15 minutes before you go for a test. Also try to limit A.C. and defroster usage.

Check Your Tires

Believe it or not, uneven tires or low tire pressure can affect your emissions testing on the machinery they use. Check your tire pressure before you go to avoid failing your test.

Don’t Gas Up

While you’ll want to have gas in your tank, it’s best to not overfill before a test. Having excess gas in and around your gas cap can create a failing grade. Wait to gas up until you’re done to provide a more accurate reading. Additionally, make sure your gas cap is on and has a tight seal.

Check Engine Light Must be Off

Sometimes vehicle computer systems get out of sync and the check engine light might come on for no real reason. It can be easy to just keep driving and think nothing of it, but when it comes time to test your emissions, a check engine light can cause an immediate fail. Be sure you address any engine or computer problems before you go.

Having to get an emissions test doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Taking the above advice will not only help streamline your test, but also help your vehicle to pass. Depending on the age of your vehicle, testing might be required more or less frequently. Contact Air Care Colorado for questions. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!

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