Having a Smog Check? Read THIS First!

The state of California has one of the toughest criteria when it comes to smog checks than any country in the world or US state. This is not something we just made up as it is stated plainly on the DMV California website in its Smog Check FAQ’s page

Currently, smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, hybrids, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older…”

So if you have a car or any four-wheeler that’s not older than the 1997, you are required to have one. Not just only one but twice a year or biennial for some California counties. (please refer to DMV California page).

No unnecessary stress on your part, valued vehicle owner; we at Murrieta Auto Repair will share some time-tested “tactics” that will help you pass the smog check on the first try!

Here are the three things you must do before having your vehicle smog-checked:

  1. Have your car checked if it’s not running smoothly. Have you had any ‘check engine’ or ‘service engine soon’ warning on your dash lately? Now is the time to have it checked as this might mean that your catalytic converter (that thing on your tailpipe other than your muffler, keeps smog causing pollutants in check) might be malfunctioning and might cause your vehicle to fail the smog check the first time around. A vehicle that has its ignition timing checked with an engine humming beautifully, with no warning lights on the dash indicating trouble, more often than not, passes the California smog check!
  1. Have a proper oil change; a really simple thing that most drivers overlook before having their vehicles smog checked. Most vehicles on the road today have exhaust recirculation systems that feed back “smog-causing particles” into the engine intake (with a fresh fuel-air mix) where it gets burned in the cylinders. This technology works wonderfully for the air but when this system is out of whack, engine oil absorbs these “smog-causing particles”. To make it not too technical, having fresh oil in your engine really helps a lot in making your car pass a smog check.
  1. Drive your vehicle around for twenty to thirty minutes before having a smog check at a STAR-certified smog station. Trust us, your friends at Murrieta Auto Repair, having a properly warmed-up engine gives you that extra edge in passing your required California smog check. A properly warmed-up engine emits very low “smog-causing particles” than a less-than-warmed-up engine of the same make or condition. This is time-tested advice that has been proven by us and our very satisfied customers whom we have helped pass their smog checks all these years.

You must have all these simple and easy checks done at your favorite and trusted auto repair service station. We at Murrieta Auto Repair, can help you with all these three checks and we are a State of California STAR-certified and -licensed smog check station. It is in our best interest that we help you with anything that will make you pass your required smog check, the first try!

Keep Your Cool Driving in Hot Weather

Car Care Council


“It’s tough to keep your cool when the inside of your car is full of hot air from a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system. According to the Car Care Council, an annual checkup of your vehicle’s A/C system will help prevent it from breaking down when you need it most, especially as sky-high temperatures are hitting many parts of the country.

“Getting stuck in traffic is hard enough but getting stuck in traffic during the heat of summer without properly functioning A/C is the pits,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It is important to always have the A/C system properly maintained to keep it in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road.”

A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. Typical A/C service consists of the following steps:

A service technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures.

If the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test is performed to find the source of the leak. Keep in mind that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, it is damaging the ozone layer.

Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system, although some states do not allow “topping off.”

A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross-contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.

A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.

“Checking the A/C once a year is key to making sure your cooling system is running efficiently all year long,” White said. “A properly running HVAC system will help improve your gas mileage, is more environmentally friendly and will keep you from losing your cool on the road.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.”

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Going green with your auto repair!

Making Murrieta and Temecula a little more green through proper auto repair practices.

We here at Murrieta Auto Repair strive to go green in every way possible, from our parts washer being eco friendly, “The SmartWasher” to ALWAYS properly disposing of our waste oils and even our biodegradable soy based hand cleaner all our employee’s use!  See how you can also make your vehicle a little more green!