We Are A Licensed NJ Emissions Repair Facility (ERF)
In New Jersey, cars newer than 1996 are required to have vehicle emissions inspection every two years. This can either be done at the Motor Vehicle Commission, or an auto repair shop that has a Private Inspection Facility (PIF) license to perform certified state inspections. These tests are designed to detect any pollutants being released by the car. If your car fails the emissions test, you will need to have the repair certified by a licensed New Jersey emissions repair facility.
Not only does Bradley’s Auto Service in Red Bank, NJ offer New Jersey certified state car inspections, but we are also fully licensed to repair emissions failure. We don’t just scan for codes, we are legally certified to handle both the inspection and repairs on site with our team of experienced mechanics. Our shop meets the strict Emission Repair Technician Certification (ERT) requirements of the New Jersey DEP, and recertification is required every five years to ensure we are staying on top of the latest advances and best practices.
What Happens if Your Vehicle Fails the Emissions Test?
If your car fails the emissions test, you won’t be able to get a new inspection sticker placed on your windshield, but instead you will be given a red sticker. This means your car needs to be brought up to the standard of the inspection guidelines or law enforcement can issue you citations or summons. Unfortunately there is no grace period, so you will want to get your vehicle checked out right away.
One of the benefits of Bradley’s Auto is that we can perform inspections and repair any emissions problems without you ever having to worry about driving a car that has failed inspection. If you get pulled over with a red sticker or out of date inspection sticker, you could end up being forced to spend a lot of money. Don’t let your money go to waste. Let our technicians perform a thorough emission repair on your vehicle.
Common Reasons Your Vehicle May Need Emissions Repair
Typically, an experienced mechanic will easily be able to diagnose the cause of your vehicle’s emission problems. Some of the most common issue include:
- Defective “check engine” light – Your car might be in perfect working order in every other regard, but if your check engine light isn’t working properly you can still fail the emissions test.
- Worn spark plugs – Worn spark plugs can lead to increased emissions of gases from your vehicle. That is why you need to inspect them regularly and replace them as necessary.
- Loose or leaking gas cap – This can sometimes be easily fixed without a mechanic by simply trying to tighten the gas cap. If you do have a gas cap leak that you cannot fix on your own, simply have a mechanic replace it with a gas cap that will properly seal the tank.
- Rich air-fuel mixture – This problem is usually a result of a defective oxygen sensor or faulty injectors. So, if you fail emissions, have these components inspected and changed if necessary.
- Dirty air filter – High levels of hydrocarbons can be caused by a clogged or dirty air filter. Have it cleaned or replaced regularly to avoid this issue.
- Damaged catalytic converter – A damaged catalytic converter cannot properly convert toxic gases into ones that are not harmful to public health and the environment, and they will cause your car to fail your emissions test.
Contact Bradley’s Auto Service About Emissions Repair
If you need an emissions test or have failed an emissions test already and need repairs, contact Bradley’s Auto Service in Red Bank, New Jersey today to schedule. Our ASE certified mechanics have built a reputation for providing honest, professional auto services. We have experience with all makes and models.