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Old 04-27-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation 1/1/13 - New Smog Law in California

I saw this mentioned on a couple of other forums...

http://www.smogtips.com/new-smog-law-AB-2289.cfm

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AB 2289 - New Smog Check Law

Set to begin January 01, 2013; Model year 2000 and newer vehicles will no longer require the tailpipe emissions test portion of the smog check process. AB 2289 will require late model vehicles be administered the smog check's visual and functional tests only.

The implementation of AB 2289 is expected to reduce the time and cost of the smog check. The program will now take better advantage of a vehicle's OBD II technology by eliminating tailpipe testing and instead using the vehicle's own OBD II emissions monitoring system.

This new smog test system is already in place in 22 other states. "This new and improved program will have the same result as taking 800,000 old cars off the road, also resulting in a more cost effective program for California motorists." said ARB Chairman, Mary D. Nichols.

Currently California's smog check procedure requires all vehicles undergo a tailpipe emissions inspection to measure harmful pollutant output from the tailpipe, a visual inspection for present and properly installed emissions components, a functional test to insure the proper operation of various emission components; and as part of the functional test, an OBD II computer diagnostic check.

Under AB 2289, the tailpipe emissions portion of the smog inspection will be eliminated for 2000 model and newer cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Background on the OBD II system - All vehicles imported into the United States as of 1996 have had to be equipped with an On Board Diagnostics system referred to as OBD II. The OBD II diagnostic system is designed to monitor all aspects of your engine's emission conditions and report this information to a central database within it's computer. This information is processed and checked against the computers pre-determined values for various input levels and performance patterns.

If any problems are found, the computer will determine whether to alert the driver or not. If a decision has been made to alert the driver of an emissions problem, the "Check Engine" or "Engine Malfunction" light will illuminate on the vehicle's dashboard. In more serious emission conditions the computer may even begin to rapidly flash the "Check Engine/Malfunction" light indicating to the driver, that the vehicle needs immediate diagnosis/repair attention.

AB 2289 now requires the smog test inspection to rely on data from a vehicle's own on board emissions computer to determine the vehicle's harmful emissions production as opposed to using a smog machine to sample the vehicle's emissions output from the tailpipe. This design is expected to reduce the cost of equipment at the smog station, reduce the amount of time it takes to smog check a vehicle, and reduce the cost of the smog inspection to the consumer.




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AB 2289 - Makes changes to the following smog inspection procedures and guidelines:

A. Authorize the use of On Board Diagnostic II testing to expedite the process.
B. Vehicles known to release large amounts of pollution must test at stations with the highest performance ratings.
C. Stricter fines structure for improper inspections.
D. Permit the state to contract with the private sector to manage franchise-like networks of independently owned Smog Check stations.
E. Encourage community colleges and other training institutions to develop technician-training programs.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:39 PM   #2
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This looks good for all you in CA. An Accessport to mask the error codes and your good to go. Just like the rest of us.
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This looks good for all you in CA. An Accessport to mask the error codes and your good to go. Just like the rest of us.
not sure how that would work. [dont own an AP as of yet] but wouldnt you need to disconnect your AP before you have your car smogged considering you would need the OBDII port open for the smog check?
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The AP doesn't stay connected, the port would be available.

This looks pretty interesting, I wonder how thorough the inspection will be.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:05 PM   #6
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I wish they would over look visual too. lol
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:11 PM   #7
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AB 2289 now requires the smog test inspection to rely on data from a vehicle's own on board emissions computer to determine the vehicle's harmful emissions production as opposed to using a smog machine to sample the vehicle's emissions output from the tailpipe.
I'm trying to figure this part out.
How would the OBD 'determine the vehicle's harmful emission products' ?
AFR? - that's not a very good indicator
Catalyst CEL's? - this would only tell the car whether the CAT is functioning within acceptable parameters.
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Good news for CA.

Jedi, I'd guess that it is just fancy talk there, and probably doing what everyone else is doing in just relying on the manufacturer standards, and relying on the ECU to detect outside of those ranges and flag on it. No error = everything is within spec.
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Jedi, I'd guess that it is just fancy talk there, and probably doing what everyone else is doing in just relying on the manufacturer standards, and relying on the ECU to detect outside of those ranges and flag on it. No error = everything is within spec.
I truly hope that's what they're doing EXCEPT that I know CA and it's ridiculous lawmakers far too well to think they'll make it THIS easy to pass an emission test.
C.A.R.B. will throw a monkey wrench into this somehow.

oh, and didn't we just spend millions on new 'mobile smog machines' ??
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Catalyst CEL's? - this would only tell the car whether the CAT is functioning within acceptable parameters.
If you think about it, though, this should be enough to tell whether the emissions are beyond the acceptable range per new car guidelines.

I remember hearing about this as a rumor a while back, pretty cool that it went through!
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I gotta say, trying to upgrade my 8 and reading that little fine print that translates to (S.O.L. if you live in California!) Isn't encouraging. 49-state legal, yadda yadda yadda. Hopefully this goes through. Then I can finally have my damn headers & midpipe without worrying about ambitious CHP's...
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The smog test still requires a visual check and some cars will still need functional tests as well.
So unless you have CARB Exempt numbers, they could still fail you for aftermarket parts.

Also this isn't happening until January 2013. By the time it is implemented, we will probably all forget about it and go "oh yeah that's right"!
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O.O hmmm interesting, but i am still unsure on how to react to this @.@ lol
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damm emissions ! Whats the government going o come out with next ?
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #15
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The smog test still requires a visual check and some cars will still need functional tests as well.
So unless you have CARB Exempt numbers, they could still fail you for aftermarket parts.

Also this isn't happening until January 2013. By the time it is implemented, we will probably all forget about it and go "oh yeah that's right"!
Seems as though it will be easier for a shop to *pass* you with the OBDII read than now. The visual is the easy part of the equation, IMO.
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Seems as though it will be easier for a shop to *pass* you with the OBDII read than now. The visual is the easy part of the equation, IMO.
All new cars store the VIN number in the PCM so when the smog tech hooks up the tester to the OBDII port it will read the VIN number to make sure it is a match with vehicle being tested. I'm sure it will read engine data as well to make sure that your really testing a Ford vs say a Mazda.

RX-8s have the VIN number stored, so this will stop most regular people from trying to do a "clean piping" of the two vehicles. Of course I'm sure someone will come up with a work around since there is always someone trying to get around the system.

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same procedure as most counties in PA. With an AP, the trick is keeping them from visually inspecting the undercarriage.

All the silly computer does is check for any CELs (namely O2) and time since last ECU reset.
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Was just searching through the threads today to figure out how to pass smog and found this 😁
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Sounds like what they do here in utah, all they do is plug into the obd2 and check for cels., if you have none your all set. They still do a visual, but there are plenty of shops that look the other way. I don't even know anyone who will pass me personally, but I've done emissions at 4 different places and they all overlooked my tint, cornermarkers and exhaust.
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keep talking about ways to bypass the OBDII port scan and i'm sure it will never see the light of day in california.
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