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While drivers can take preventative action to ensure that their vehicles adhere to emissions standards, older vehicles often experience emissions issues due to their outdated technology. Qualified technicians can run tests that measure your emission levels and determine where the problem lies.
Perhaps there is a compromised or missing catalytic converter. Or, maybe your vehicle's exhaust emissions contain excessive hydrocarbon, oxides of nitrogen, or carbon monoxide. It is possible a technician will find additional problems while performing a diagnostic test that had not caught your attention before. If a vehicle fails an emissions inspection, repairs might be needed to pass the reinspection. Once a technician pinpoints any flaws with your emissions system, they can explain exactly what the problem is and perform any necessary exhaust repairs.
It is possible, but not advised, to perform an emissions repair yourself. Unless you are a certified technician, you could make a critical mistake during the repair process that will harm your vehicle at some point in the future. Today's computer controlled and fuel injected vehicles have complicated equipment that requires a technician with a high degree of automotive knowledge and training to properly diagnose and make any needed repairs. Technicians have access to OBD generic scan tools, 5-gas exhaust analyzers and engine analyzers that allow them to accurately measure your emissions.
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