Northridge Smog Check is your #1 choice for a quick smog check in the Valley. We can usually get you in and out in under 30 minutes.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring your DMV notice and a form of payment. Everything else that is necessary is provided by the station.
We offer a competitive price for all types of vehicles – only $40 out-the-door for most cars (all fees included!).
It is a good idea to drive your car around for a bit before coming in. If your engine is cold, it is more likely that you may fail the test. Drive around for about twenty minutes prior to coming into our shop.
How does the smog check work?
When you arrive at the shop, you will pull your vehicle into a lane and park it there so the technician can get to work. We will first attach a dynamometer to the tailpipe of the car so that the emission levels can be properly tested. Your car is not shut off during this time, as the technician needs it to be running in order to successfully gain their information.
The next step is for the muffler of your vehicle to be inspected. One of the main functions of a muffler is to decrease the number of emissions being let out from your car. If your muffler is not working well, this could lead to failing the smog check and needing to have the muffler replaced.
By checking the muffler, the technician also looks for holes or any leaks inside of it. These holes, of course, contribute to excessive vehicle emissions. If the holes are fairly small, then your vehicle may not need a muffler replacement right away.
Finally, the technician will do a quick under-the-hood check. What they are looking for is that all of the pipes and hoses of your car are working properly and doing what they are supposed to! If not, then this can also lead to a failure of your smog check.
Depending on the line of cars at the smog check station, it will only take about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. In Los Angeles, a smog check for your car is usually required every two years, with some exceptions. Although it is pretty uncommon to fail your smog check, it does happen. In the event that you fail, the repairs needed to pass will not take long and you will be back on the road in no time!