In Phoenix, all vehicles are required by law to pass emissions testing in order to obtain registration. The vehicle emissions test is performed at a state run emissions testing facility. Some vehicles require emissions testing every year, while other vehicles require emissions testing every other year.
New residents of Arizona will need to get their vehicle emissions tested before they can get it registered.
We Will Get Your Emissions Tested For You
If you’re dreading the hassle of waiting in line at the inspection station, don’t worry, we can help with our “Emission Valet Service.”
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How to Make Sure Your Vehicle Will Pass Emissions
Before you take your vehicle in to emissions it’s a good idea to take it to your mechanic to perform an emissions inspection to determine if it will pass. Here are some other things you can do to make sure you pass emissions:
- Fill up your car with fresh fuel. Your tank needs to be at least ½ full
- Get your oil changed (dirty or deteriorated oil can cause higher emissions)
- Get a tune-up (fresh spark plugs, proper timing, proper RPM) and if applicable, plug wires and vacuum leaks
- Make sure your vehicle is at the proper operating temperature according to the temperature indicator on your dashboard
- Make sure the “check engine” light is OFF
Check your vehicle registration renewal form to determine if your vehicle needs to be tested this year or look online at ServiceArizona.com.
Vehicles with a Check Engine Light On Will Not Pass Arizona Emissions
If there is a problem with your emissions system your vehicle’s “Check Engine” light will illuminate. Your vehicle will not pass emissions when the check engine light is on. Bring your car in to us and we will do a complimentary check engine light scan.
All 1996 and newer light-duty vehicles sold in the United States are equipped with On-Board Diagnostic systems, known as OBD II. The primary purpose of these systems is to monitor and evaluate the vehicle’s emissions controls. Using this on-board evaluation, OBD helps to maintain low emissions levels and notifies the vehicle operator of problems before they become catastrophic failures.