Here’s How to Pass the California Smog Check
- Check the “Check Engine” light. If your “Check Engine” light is on, that’s an automatic smog test failure.
- 2. Make sure the battery hasn’t been recently disconnected.
- Get an oil change.
- Get a tune-up—but not right before the test.
- Fill up the coolant and gas tanks.
- Drive fast two weeks before the test.
- Get a pre-inspection.
How much does it cost to get a car smogged in California?
A smog check in California typically costs $30-$90; this may include all fees, or there can be additional charges such as about $8 for a state certificate fee once the vehicle passes the test, or an electronic transmission fee (about $1-$3) for transmitting the vehicle’s information via a dedicated phone line.
What is checked in CA smog test?
Specific Test Order: The State of California requires smog stations to test vehicles in the specific order listed above. The first inspection (emissions inspection) is performed by the exhaust gas analyzer “smog machine”.
How often do you need a smog test in California?
Most vehicles in California are required to pass a Smog Check every two years for registration renewal. Your DMV Registration Renewal Notice will indicate if your vehicle needs a Smog Check. You may take your vehicle to any Smog Check station, unless it requires a Smog Check at a STAR station.
Photo in the article by “NASA Earth Observatory”