What Happens If My Vehicle Fails the Oregon Emissions Test?

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Did You Fail the Oregon State Emissions Test?

Don’t worry; all hope is not lost. Even if your vehicle failed the Oregon State Emissions Test, it’s not necessarily a costly fix. There are multiple things that can go wrong during an emissions inspection, and the emissions repair experts at Ken Van Damme’s Automotive can help diagnose and repair any issues with your vehicle’s emissions. You’ll be back on the road in no time.

How to Prepare for the Oregon State Emissions Test

You can’t fool the emission testing equipment, but you can make sure your vehicle is ready for a vehicle inspection by doing the following:

  • Check oil. Change the oil (if needed) or adjust the oil level as necessary (according to manufacturer guidelines).
  • Check coolant. If you’re low on coolant, make sure to add the enough to get to the recommended level.
  • Warm the engine. Your vehicle is its most efficient after running for at least 15 minutes (on the freeway, if possible).
  • Keep the engine running. While waiting in line for the emissions inspection, keep your vehicle running to keep the engine warm and running efficiently.
  • Turn off radio and air conditioning. Your car runs more efficiently when the radio and air conditioning (and other accessories) are off.
  • Check the gas cap. Make sure your gas cap is securely fastened and has a proper seal before the emissions inspection.

Why Does Oregon State Require Emissions Testing?

The State of Oregon only requires emissions testing in two metro areas: Portland and Medford/Ashland.

The State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality brought about emissions testing in heavily trafficked and populated areas because these areas have air quality problems due to motor vehicle emissions. Children, the elderly, and people with breathing problems are most affected by air pollution; however, it does affect all of us. By keeping up with routine maintenance and related repairs, your vehicle should have no problem at all passing the emissions test required for vehicles registered in Portland, Oregon. However, in the case that your car does fail the emissions inspection, you can bring it to Ken Van Damme’s Automotive for any emissions problem!

What Happens if You Fail the Oregon DEQ Emissions Test?

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Heavily trafficked areas in Oregon require emissions testing, such as here in Portland, Oregon. Call Ken Van Damme’s Automotive for diagnosis and repair of any emissions issues!

The Oregon DEQ website states that “vehicles with malfunctioning emission controls emit about three to four times more air pollution than federal standards allow. Of the approximately one million vehicles DEQ tests every two years, about 6 percent fail. Many of those that fail simply require proper tuning before being retested. There is no charge if your vehicle fails the test. Adjustment or repairs to your vehicle may be made by anyone – a garage mechanic, auto dealership, service station technician, or yourself.”

Additionally, keep in mind that “Oregon law prohibits disconnecting, altering or modifying required pollution control equipment. If this equipment has been removed or modified, it won’t pass the vehicle inspection test and the equipment will need to be reinstalled or repaired.”

If your vehicle does not pass the emissions test, you will receive a vehicle inspection report from the lane operator which details the reasons why your vehicle failed the test. Make sure to bring this document with you to the auto repair shop to assist with vehicle diagnostics and the related repairs. The ASE-certified technicians at Ken Van Damme’s Automotive will run detailed diagnostics tests on your vehicle to determine what the issue is, whether it’s related to the oxygen sensor, the emissions control system, or the vehicle’s computer.

Perform Required Emissions Repairs

After your vehicle fails the emissions test, it’s important to get the required repairs as soon as possible. Once you have repaired the vehicle, you can return to the emissions test station for a re-test.

Are Emissions Repairs Covered Under Warranty?

The short answer is: It depends. While some emissions repairs are covered under a manufacturer warranty or an extended service contract, others may not be covered. You may need to inquire with the manufacturer to determine the details of any warranty coverage. If your vehicle fails an emissions inspection and requires repairs, you’ll likely need to prove that you kept up with manufacturer-recommended maintenance to qualify for warranty coverage.

Get a Pre-Test Inspection at Ken Van Damme’s Automotive

You can avoid the stress and hassle of failing an emissions inspection by taking your car to Ken Van Damme’s Automotive in Portland for a pre-test inspection. Additionally, vehicle owners can avoid a check engine light fiasco by making sure all of the following is up to par on their car:

  • Check exhaust system for leaks.
  • Check for gas, coolant, and oil leaks.
  • Check the vehicle’s gas cap.
  • Diagnose any check engine light codes.
  • Check fluid levels.

Additionally, make sure to leave any pets and passengers at home for the emissions inspection. Keep your inspection report with all of your other documents for your vehicle. Detach any trailers (if applicable) before heading to the testing center. Also, as of July 1, 2020, the DEQ requires that everyone wears a face covering when getting their vehicle tested at a testing station.

How Can Ken Van Damme’s Automotive Help You?

If you recently failed an emissions test in Portland, don’t worry. We here at Ken Van Damme’s Automotive have years of experience diagnosing and repairing all sorts of automotive issues, including emission problems. We deliver the highest standard of repair and maintenance. With 5 decades of experience on his side, Ken hand-picks the most experienced, reputable car mechanics to work for us. We handle any type of repair, so come on in today and get your car back on the road!

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