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Emissions testing know-how with Douglas Automotive

SPONSORED • Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:31 a.m. CST
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One of the best ways to ensure you pass your emissions test is to keep your vehicle properly maintained by following the factory-recommended maintenance schedule.

In other words, don’t wait until there’s a problem. Regular oil changes, not sporadic, but within the mileage stated in your owner’s manual, replacement of filters and other regularly scheduled maintenance are essential.

Technicians at Douglas Automotive, in Barrington and Crystal Lake, can help uncover any potential emissions problems before you go in for an emissions test so you don’t have to worry about failing when your test deadline is looming.  

Having said that, what happens if you've already failed your emissions test?  Don't panic. Douglas Automotive has the right diagnostic equipment to determine the cause and the know-how to get it fixed.

Think of it as a positive experience rather than a negative one, advises Edmunds.com. Where you may not have noticed your vehicle was not performing at its best, the test will identify any problems so you can save money in the long run.  

According to Edmunds, once you fix the problems that caused your vehicle to fail, chances are it will be running better, more efficiently and wasting less fuel than before, saving you hundreds in gas dollars.

After your test you’ll be given a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). The VIR will indicate which of the three harmful emissions (HC, CO, NOx) caused your vehicle to fail.  Bring your VIR to Douglas Automotive so their technicians can use it as a starting point for their diagnosis. Time permitting; they’ll even run your vehicle through the test lane for you!   

Contact Douglas Automotive with any questions about your emissions test.

www.douglasautomotive.com | 123 E. Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.0440

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