my car passed , w/o cats
That's because our former MEGA CORRUPT Governor F****ED UP one of the BEST smog testing programs in the WORLD to get bribes.
Now, private garages can do smog tests. The problems with this type of system are WELL known.
BY LAW, the smog inspection MUST check for cats. Yea, Billy Joe and his inbreed brother can pass ANY pre-OBDII car by running another car through the sniffer.
So, just because Billy Joe and his inbreed brother pass a car that does NOT meet the Conn smog laws, that does NOT mean that the car is legal, or other similar cars would pass.
I don't remember all the changes completely but you can ask any tech that does CT emissions. There are a list of places that perform emission testing. A phone call or a drive down to one, you have an opportunity to get the details.
One difference is that currently on newer cars they don't even do a sniff test. They are looking for check engine lights maybe cats. If you have a check engine light on you will fail. One way to get around that currently is to clear the code which normally keeps it off for just long enough to get the emission test done. No light you pass. The new test in August will actually connect to your computer and will tell them if a code is trying to push through. So even if you cleared the code without fixing the problem, the check engine light is off, they will catch it and you will fail.
I'm not sure what the new laws will require. But, your info on the current testing is way off!
Again, I am NOT talking about how Billy Joe and his inbreed brother do testing. I'm talking about the current Conn smog law
All OBD-II vehicles get tested by visual inspection for Cats, and get hooked up to a diag tester that VERIFIES that the car has gone through the REQUIRED number of MILES and turn on/off cycles since the ECM was reset.
That's pretty much the way the Federal guidelines for smog testing specify.
Why is the emissions only good for one year? That is retarded... this is ridiculous to be honest.
Conn smog testing is good for TWO years as long as you get tested on your test date. It's been like that for the past ?7 years?. *Initially*, it was every year.
How often do I need to have my vehicle tested?
Your vehicle will need to be tested every other year on its test cycle due date. If you have recently moved, be sure that you change your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles so that your test notification will be sent to the correct address.
BTW: From: http://ctemissions.com/exempt.html
A motor vehicle twenty five-years old or older, (R.C.S.A 14-164c-2a "twenty-five or more years ago" shall mean the number of years arrived at by subtracting the model year of the motor vehicle seeking the exemption from the current calendar year).
So, my '86 Stang is just about there!
BTW#2: In Mass, only OBD-II cars (96+) cars get tested for smog. Again, another CORRUPT Government decision. It saves on the needed dedicated space for a Dyno for the pre OBDII cars. But, the data from smog testing clearly shows that older cars that fail smog are responsible for a good percentage of the pollution from cars.
The Conn smog law was passed when 25+ year life for a possible "daily driver" car was unheard of. Also, when the law was passed, the number of miles driven by 25+ year old cars was *extremely* small.
So.... Do NOT be surprised if in the future, Conn changes that "25+" year old rule.
Also, in the future, Conn may go also adopt the Federal guide line that suggests visually checking the NUMBER of cats.
Wasn't one of of the Corral's members also a certified Conn smog inspector? If he's still on, maybe he can chime in on any possible updated requirements.
Joe -- 86 Mustang GT with ABS! M2300K brakes, etc.