Phoenix Auto Repair Shop, Virginia Auto Service, is located in Central Phoenix on 7th Street and Virginia, in-between McDowell and Thomas. Certified technicians offer complete automotive care on Japanese and European imports, as well as domestic cars, light trucks, and SUVs.
What are People Saying about Virginia Auto Service?
“The service performed on our vehicle was again top notch! We will be returning without hesitation when the time arises. Their location couldn’t be any better, it’s within a perfectly comfortable walking distance from our house. “- Andrew Jamrogiewicz, Phoenix, AZ (Verified review via Google)
What are Emissions?
Everyone lives and breathes the same air, which makes emissions everyone’s concern. Emissions are potentially dangerous fumes and pollutants that are made when your vehicle is running. Your vehicle’s emissions system uses an array of sensors, computerized engine controls, and exhaust components to control the emissions coming from your vehicle. The emissions system greatly reduces the amount of carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) put out by your vehicle. By law, your emissions system must be kept in optimal operating condition.
Phoenix, Arizona Emissions
In Phoenix, all vehicles are required by law to pass emissions testing 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.
If your vehicle fails its Arizona emissions inspection, you must have it repaired and re-inspected. Your re-inspection is free if you return to the same inspection location within 60 days and bring your original inspection report with repair information.
How to Make Sure Your Toyota Will Pass Emissions
To ensure you pass emissions, the best thing you can do is have an emissions inspection performed by one of our mechanics. Here is a short checklist of items to work on before testing.
- Fill your car with fresh fuel. The tank should be at least half full.
- Get an oil change. Dirty or deteriorated oil can cause higher emissions.
- Get a tune-up.
- Make sure your vehicle is at the proper operating temperature per the temperature indicator on your dashboard.
- Make sure the “check engine” light is OFF. (Make sure your gas cap is securely tightened. A loose cap can cause the “check engine” light to come on.)
Vehicles with a check engine light on will not pass Arizona emissions. Bring your car to us and we will do a complimentary check engine light scan.
My Toyota Failed Emissions, Now What?
Several factors can wear down your emissions system and cause you to fail the test such as:
- Driving conditions
- Atmospheric conditions
- Age of vehicle
- Type of spark plug electrode material
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Low-quality fuel
- Damaged/worn sensors
- Dry-rotted/cracked vacuum hoses.
If you have recently failed emissions, you can bring your Toyota to us for an inspection, diagnosis, and repair. Our certified technicians will look over the following items to determine where the problem may lie.
- Air Filter
- Air/Vacuum Leaks
- Catalytic Converter
- Distributor Cap
- Distributor Rotor
- Fuel Filter
- Fuel Injectors
- Fuel Pressure Regulator
- Idle Control Valve
- Idle Speed Relay
- Ignition Wire Set (Spark Plug Wire Set)
- Oxygen Sensor
- Seals in your Exhaust System
- Spark Plugs
- Temp Sensors
Our expert auto technicians offer the best Toyota emissions service and repair in Phoenix, AZ, at the best prices. We service all makes and models of vehicles and can do any repair whether it be large or small. We offer email reminders for scheduled maintenance, appointments, and walk-ins based on availability.
Call us at (602) 266-0200 or schedule an appointment online.