Emissions Test Failure Repair Service in Lakewood, Arvada & Westminster

At Pickering’s Auto Service, we have been servicing vehicles for Denver Area Residents for over 40 years. We keep up with state of the art vehicles built today, and never let go of our strong knowledge in older models. Our immaculate shop is clean, professional and ready to safely service your automobile. 

Keep Your Vehicle Reliable & Avoid Costly Repeat Emissions Testing Failure, Schedule Your Emissions Repair Service Or Contact Us TODAY!

Lakewood & South Denver Location - 720.636.9110

Arvada, Westminster & North Denver Location - 720.636.8777

Extending the Life of Your Vehicle

Avoid costly, repeat trips to the emissions testing facility with quality emissions repairs today.

Repeated test failure is the last thing you want when you take the time to get an emissions test. To prevent multiple visits & testing expenses, allow the expert technicians at Pickering's Auto to handle your emission repairs today.

Emissions Testing & Repair Service

In Lakewood, Arvada and Westminster, a decentralized emissions testing program is utilized. What that means is the state has selected one company that performs emissions testing and only testing. They cannot repair failed vehicles. If the vehicle fails and needs repairs to pass, consumers can repair it themselves or have it repaired at any auto repair facility. This keeps both the testing and the repair separate and honest with no complicity.

  • Emissions Testing: If you are in need of an Emissions Test, visit Air Care Colorado to find the nearest emissions testing facility locations to you or more information
  • Emissions Repair: In the event of a failure, as a certified Emissions Repair Facility, we have certified technicians that can fix your vehicles issues so that it will pass. 

In the state of Colorado, some vehicles don't require an emissions test, so be aware of the following, or contact us directly to determine if you're in need of a test. 

  • Vehicles between 1-7 years old: Usually do not need emissions testing
  • Vehicles between 7-12 years old: A Check Engine Light (CEL) scan is performed 
  • Vehicles 12-year-old & older: An IM240 dynamometer exhaust test is conducted
  • An inspection is required for registration renewal when indicated on your registration renewal card

Air Care Colorado 2018 Program Changes

Air Care Colorado will now send certain failing vehicles to a state Emissions Technical Center for diagnosis BEFORE making any repairs. If a customer's Vehicle Inspection Report states that, "Retests must be done at a state Emissions Technical Center," it means that the vehicle can no longer be tested at an Air Care Colorado inspection station. Since December 2016, owners of vehicles that received an, "Issues with OBD system," message on their Incomplete Inspection Report were required to have the vehicle repaired, the OBD computer set to "Ready" and then reinspected at an Air Care Colorado station.  As of January 2018, however, these vehicles will be given a failed Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) and be referred directly to a state Emissions Technical Center (ETC) for diagnosis BEFORE being cleared for repairs. The emissions reinspection also must be completed at the ETC. The ETC will provide a detailed diagnosis, and the vehicle owner will then be able to pass that information on to their chosen repair technician. 

Any vehicle that fails the CEL test with a no communication issue (U Codes) saying "Retests must be done at a State Emissions Technical Center," will now need to go to the Emissions Technical Center before coming to us for repairs. The customer must bring their vehicle to the ETC prior to us repairing these vehicles. Once we make repairs, the vehicle needs to be brought back to the ETC for the final test.

Air Care Colorado Statement on Change of Ownership

  • Used vehicles that are for sale are required to have a new emissions inspection, even if the current inspection report still has time on it. It is the seller's responsibility to obtain the inspection. This is a consumer protection for the buyer. The seller must provide the emissions inspection paperwork to the buyer for vehicle registration purposes. The buyer must use this paperwork to register the vehicle within one year.
  • A vehicle dealer may offer customers a voucher enabling the buyer to obtain an inspection for free. The customer has the right to refuse the arrangement. If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer and used a dealer voucher to obtain an inspection, and the vehicle failed the test, take the vehicle and test results back to the dealership for instructions. They have 3-options to cure the problem. See AirCareColorado.com for more information. 

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Emissions Test Failure Repair Service

Emissions Test Failure Repair

Pickering's Auto Service is a certified Emissions Repair Facility with expert Technicians who are continually trained in emission repair services to help ensure your vehicle is in the best possible condition for passing Colorado State Emissions Inspection Tests.

To provide the most effective emission test failure repair service, this service may include:

  • A visual inspection for: Fluid leaks, Worn tires, broken gas cap etc.
  • Gas cap pressure test
  • Check engine light check
  • Opacity (Smoke) Inspection
  • On-board diagnostic (OBD) testing
  • Evaporative System Testing

Importance of Emissions Repair Service

Emissions Test Failure Repair Inspection

Correctly operating vehicle emissions is necessary to ensure a safe and dependable vehicle. Keeping up with emissions testing will help with the following:

  • Increase emission testing passing probability saving additional testing expense 
  • Meet registration renewal standard compliance more efficiently 
  • Improve the air quality in and around Denver, Boulder and the Northern Front Range
  • Minimize harmful air pollution that leads to adverse health effects
  • Reduce pollutants including harmful ozone precursor emissions

Frequency of Emissions Repair Service

To avoid costly testing and retesting, Pickering's recommends having your vehicle inspected directly following any emissions testing failure concerns. To ensure the safety of your vehicle, we recommend you have your vehicle checked immediately if you're experiencing any of the following:

Emissions Test Failure Repair Testing

  • Check Engine Light dashboard illumination which directly effects emission control
  • A significant lack of fuel economy or vehicle performance
  • Smoke expelling from the exhaust upon start up or while driving
  • Fluid leaks under the engine area after it's been sitting 

Keep Your Vehicle Reliable & Avoid Costly Repeat Emissions Testing Failure, Schedule Your Emissions Repair Service Or Contact Us TODAY!

Lakewood & South Denver Location - 720.636.9110

Arvada, Westminster & North Denver Location - 720.636.8777