I purchased a vehicle last year and in the State of California, you must smog a vehicle on the change of title. It's the law, No Problem and I had the vehicle smogged and it passed.
Fast forward one year and I receive my Registration in the mail and the I have the NOTICE that I must SMOG the Vehicle in order to Register. Now wait a minute your thinking, vehicles in California only have to be smogged every 2 years. The 2 YEARS is not dependent on your purchase date, it is based on the EVEN or ODD number of your Vehicle Identification Number. Guess what, mine is due this year.
I noticed 2 weeks ago that the check engine light had come on, and I chalked it up to my son not putting the gas cap on tight enough when he went to get gas.
I had my mechanic friend check it with his code reader and the code said the gas cap had gone bad. My mechanic friend reset the warning light and I picked up a new gas cap at the local parts store, and I assumed I was good to go. The day before I was to have the car smogged, the light came back on again. I went back to my mechanic friend and his code reader stated that the cap was still the culprit. He explained that some of the aftermarket gas caps just don't work right and I would be better off getting a Factory Issued Gas Cap....So at more than Double the price of the aftermarket gas cap, I have an new factory gas cap.
I drive my car to the California Approved Smog Check Station, and they begin running the test. 15 minutes later the technician tells me that my car is ready. I go up to the counter to pay and he tells me that the vehicle DID NOT PASS. I am charged $41.95 and I am handed the below form and told that the computer in the vehicle doesn't have enough saved information since the reset of the Check Engine Light and that I will need to drive it around until the computer in the car has enough information to run the test.
The technician tells me that it needs to go at least 30 miles at least 55 inorder to have enough information to run the test. ISN'T THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE SMOG CHECK TO REDUCE THE EMISSIONS IN THE AIR OVER CALIFORIA!!!!
There is NO CHARGE for him to check to see if the computer is ready, but my RETEST will cost me $30!!!
So, I hope in the car and I drive to Fresno and back from my home in Visalia(80 Miles round trip).....I head back to the technician and he once again informs me that car is STILL NOT READY....And, that some customers have had to drive as much as 300 MILES for the system to be ready!!!!
300 MORE MILES of California Pollution filling the Sky over the Central Valley.....Thank Jerry Brown!!!!