Your vehicle’s exhaust system consists of a manifold, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, muffler and exhaust pipes. Your vehicle emits countless chemicals and compounds through this system. However, some of these emissions damage the air and environment around us. To reduce air pollution and improve the quality of our environment, Kaiser Auto conducts emissions testing for vehicles in Northwest Indiana. Our emissions testing lets us properly diagnose and repair system issues in your vehicle.
What We Look for in Emissions Testing
The state of Indiana does not require emissions testing – but Lake and Porter counties do. That means Valparaiso residents with cars older than four years must get their vehicle’s emissions tested every two years. There are many ways we can test your vehicle’s emissions. One way is using the onboard diagnostic port. Testing looks for specific chemicals and compounds that are harmful to our environment, including:
- Benzene (C6H6)
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Carbon dioxide (CO2)
- Hydrocarbons (HC)
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- Particulate matter
Frequently Asked Questions about Emissions Testing
How long does emissions testing take?
Emissions testing usually takes about 10 minutes.
What does emissions testing cost?
The cost of emissions testing depends on the type of testing required, which depends on your vehicle’s make, model and year. For example, your vehicle will have to undergo more comprehensive testing if it’s older and doesn’t have onboard ports.
How do you test emissions?
For newer vehicles, we connect an electronic device to your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic port. Unfortunately, some older vehicles don’t have this port, so we have to run the vehicle and manually test the emissions.
What happens if my vehicle doesn’t pass the test?
We recommend repairs if your vehicle emits too much of the compounds we’re looking for. For example, individual pieces of your exhaust system, such as the manifold or sensors, may need to be replaced. Or your entire emissions system may need repairs.
Get Your Emissions Testing from Kaiser Auto Today
Kaiser Auto is conveniently based in La Porte and Valparaiso IN, and our friendly and compassionate staff is trained in the necessary testing and services for your vehicle. We know how stressful car repairs can be, and we work with you to find the best solution. You can even schedule your appointment online! Get your emissions testing scheduled today.