So it’s time for a smog check and you have this nagging worry that you might not pass. Don’t be ashamed—we’ve all been there! Maybe your car is old or maybe you haven’t given it the proper TLC. Don’t fret, we’ve got some suggestions to get you the green light and keep your car on the road! Barring any major issues (make sure that Check Engine Light is off), these quick, easy fixes could be the difference between a pass/fail verdict at your next smog check.
1. Get a Fresh Oil Change. If your oil change due date is approaching, change your oil a couple weeks before your smog check. It sounds simple, but it works! Old oil stores toxins that can be released as pollutants during your smog check.
2. Add Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer with your Oil Change. HD Stabilizer adds extra detergents to your oil to keep your engine clean and eliminates blow-by in your combustion chambers allowing for a cleaner burn for your fuel, lowering emissions.
3. Give your fuel system an overhaul with the Lucas Complete Fuel System Renewal Kit. Think of it as cheap insurance for your smog check. The Lucas Deep Clean Fuel System Cleaner is the most effective way to renew your fuel system components short of a system rebuild. It deep cleans the entire fuel system so that your vehicle runs smoother and cleaner. The Renewal Kit also comes with three bottles of the Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant and Injector Cleaner. These products are designed to clean and lubricate not only the fuel system, but the combustion chamber as well. Lucas Fuel Treatment is the number one selling fuel additive in the world. Do you drive a diesel? Check out our tips for getting the most out of your diesel with Lucas Diesel Deep Clean.
4. Take your car for a drive. Drive your car at freeway speeds for the two weeks prior to your smog check to burn off any oil or gas residues on the catalytic converter. Then, on the day of your test, take your car for a drive for about 20 minutes. Your engine performs best when it’s warmed up. Taking your car for a drive first helps ensure that it’s driving at the proper combustion when you take it in for the smog check.
5. Inflate your Tires. If your state requires a dynamometer test, the smog technician will position the car’s tires on rollers at high speeds. If your tires are under-inflated, your car’s engine will work harder to maintain your car’s stability. Correct and even tire pressure ensures lower operating temperatures and emissions.