"You will need to know Rules and Regulations
for the smog test. We will cover some of them here. Then you
can take the quiz on it, and that will cover some more things
I may not review here. But looking at the answers will help
Remember, many of the rules you need to know are in the
Inspection Manual put out by the Bureau of Automotive
Repair. It is a book with a light blue cover. And you want
the latest revision. For other rules
and regs, you can check their web site (www.smogcheck.ca.gov)
and find information there under Smog Check Advisories,
Fast Blasts, and Fact Sheets. They even have all the laws
you could ever want to read under the Laws and Regulations
section. Of course, if you arenít a lawyer, you may not understand
them. Thatís why the Inspection Manual is so good, it puts
things in normal English.
Keep in mind that regulations may be changing all the time,
and so the Inspection Manual can get out of date. The Smog
Check Advisories, Fast Blasts, and Fact Sheets will help keep
you up to date.
If you have a current smog license and have updated your
address to them, you should get the Smog Check Advisories
in the mail. The Fast Blasts are supposed to come automatically
to the smog machine. Ask around, somebody in your shop may
know where they have been tossed or stored.
The Federal Clean Air Act of 1970 was the big deal which
regulates a lot of what the state of California must do to
keep pollution under control or loose money to build highways.
Non-attainment areas are places that don't meet the air quality
The state has been divided up into three areas, mainly by
zip code. Enhanced areas are places with the worst air pollution.
Like L.A. and Bakersfield. They require the dyno smog test,
known now as ASM testing. The Basic areas are places that
have better, but not ideal smog. Like the Bay Area. They don't
need dyno smog testing yet, just the two speed idle test.
But both these areas require a smog test every two years,
besides initial registration when you buy a car or move into
The Change of Ownership areas only require the smog test
when you move into the state or buy a vehicle, because they
are the country areas where the air quality is pretty good.
They are Attainment areas, they meet the air quality standards
all the time.
The Clean Air Act was amended in 1990 and revised to do more
things. (Government rarely changes to get smaller and do less.)
So California had to change their program to keep up. This
made the change to measure NOx under a Loaded-mode test (dyno
test, called ASM), to identify ..."
The article contains these sections:
- Enhanced Areas
- Referee Centers
- Exempt Vehicles
- Smog Inspections and Repairs
- More about the Smog Inspection
- Underhood Label
- Motor Homes
- Other Vehicles
- Telling the Customer
- Gross Polluters
- Smog Machines
- Repair Cost Waivers, Extensions and Limits
- Types of Smog Stations
- More about Smog Stations
- Basic or Advanced Emissions Specialist License Requirements
- Basic Smog Inspection Procedures
- Examples of Visual Inspection
- Pre-Inspection Repairs or Unintentional Tampers
- More about the Visual Inspection
- Emissions Test
- Functional Tests