When you find out your car has emission problems, you may worry the repair bill will be high. Although an emission problem sounds serious, there are actually several things that can cause your car to pollute more than it should, and some of them aren't too expensive to repair. Take your car to the shop to find the cause of the problem. Here are some possible repairs you may need.
Change The Oil And Spark Plugs
If you've been lax with car maintenance and haven't had the oil or spark plugs changed on schedule, then they might be the cause of your car's trouble. When oil gets dirty, your engine is dirtier and that makes the exhaust more polluted. Worn spark plugs can cause your engine to misfire and increase emissions too. Fortunately, these problems are easy to fix by changing the oil and filter along with putting in new spark plugs.
Replace The Gas Cap
Another problem you may have that has a simple solution is when the gas cap is leaking fumes. The solution is to buy a new cap that has a tight seal. Your car's check engine light might come on when the gas cap isn't sealed properly. The only way to know what the light indicates is to read the codes. A mechanic can determine why the light is on and if it means a problem with the emission system of your car. Running diagnostics on your car is the easiest and quickest way to pinpoint an emission problem, even for something as simple as a leaky gas cap.
Fix Exhaust System Issues
If you have an older car, the exhaust system may be wearing down and need repairs. However, even a new car can develop issues with the exhaust system due to damage. If your car's exhaust is in need of repairs, you'll probably notice signs that include feeling vibrations in the car, loud noises coming from the car, odor of gas around your vehicle, poor gas mileage, and slow acceleration. You may even notice the exhaust pipe hanging from your car as a sure sign there's been damage to the system. The exhaust system contains several components such as the muffler, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor. Problems can develop with any of these which will cause your car to release more gases than it should.
A mechanic, such as at Teloloapan Muffler & Brakes II Inc , can repair or replace the worn out or damaged parts so your car is back to normal and able to pass an emissions test.