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FAQ About Philadelphia Vehicle Inspection Processes

By May 15, 2017Uncategorized

When you live in Philadelphia, you are required by law to do a number of things. You have to pay certain taxes, follow state regulations, and have a Philadelphia vehicle inspection. Whether you’ve had the inspection before or not, you might have questions about the process. What are they looking for? Where can you get a Philadelphia vehicle inspection? And so on. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you navigate the process.

What is an Onboard diagnostic system?

OBD is part of the emissions inspection that is comprised of a computer that has diagnostic software and a variety of sensors. This monitor looks at the ignition performance and fuel metering of the emissions system. IT will include sensors and make sure the vehicle is working as designed. It can even identify problems before the driver recognizes any symptoms. To perform the OBD, a certified technician will connect the computer to a data link connector and download information to a computer so see how well the emission system is working on the vehicle.

What is a tailpipe test?

This test uses a tailpipe probe to collect exhaust samples and analyze the pollutants from the tailpipe while the engine is idling. The technician will look at the exhaust information to see if the vehicle is emitting more pollutants that necessary for its model year.

What is a gas cap test?

This functional check tests whether or not harmful fumes are coming out of the gas tank and getting into the atmosphere. The technician will remove the gas cap and insert a device that applies pressure to the gas cap. The test shows whether or not the cap can hold pressure without emitting fumes.

Where can I get the necessary tests?

In order to get tests that will be recognized by the state, you need to go to an auto center that is certified by the state to run the tests. Otherwise, you are wasting time and money on something the state won’t accept. Visit Schafer’s Auto Center and take advantage of our certified technicians for your Philadelphia vehicle inspection.

In addition to required inspections, we run an 80-point inspection free anytime you visit our shop. We like to ensure that every vehicle we see is running as efficiently and effectively as possible. We take pride in maintaining your vehicle so you have less unexpected repairs. In fact, we can often predict when something will go wrong and fix the issue in advance so it doesn’t become a larger problem later.

Call Schafer’s Auto Center today to schedule an inspection at 215-755-1270. We know auto maintenance and repair can be a hassle so we’ve made it as convenient as possible for you. Our shop is located at 1924 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148, on one of the busiest, easiest to find streets in the city. We can also conduct any maintenance or repair needs your vehicle or light truck has including oil changes, tire rotations, brake repair and plenty of other services.