What’s the difference between “Safety Inspections” and “Emissions Inspections”?, That’s a good question, let’s shed some light on the subject.
“Briefly of course to let you get back to your busy day”
Without getting into the history of Safety Inspections (we covered that one already) or the term “Safety” (It goes without saying) and we covered that one already as well, we will focus mainly on Emissions.
Older cars with high miles or older cars in the specific year ranges (ask your location manager), only require safety inspections, newer cars with modern emissions technologies must have the Emissions Inspection.
The Inspection station location manager of your choice can explain in more detail which one you need, in the mean time and to help you, lets get right into it.
The internal combustion engine in its simplest form is a controlled explosion (small bomb if you will) inside a chamber (your engine), the explosion is created by a gas (fumes
/vapor) and air mixture, the spark will ignite this mixture. This explosion (when completed) creates a by product (Hydro Carbons), your cars engine has components that manage these by products (Hydro Carbons) before they leave the exhaust system (your mufflers).
The 2 major break through's handling these carbons were: The “Smog Pump” and the “Catalytic Converter”. Today there are many more components and advancements in technologies to handle these vapors.
Smog Pump -
Catalytic Converter -
Reduced into layman's terms so we can understand the basic components, these components must be checked to be sure they are working properly. Unfortunately visual inspections rarely work. Therefore a sensor (computer) must be part of the equation.
So in conclusion: Safety, are your lights, horn, brakes, tires etc. Things that could possibly cause an accident. Emissions are the components that reduce pollutants and could also cause a harmful vapor accident.
Contact your location manager, they are there to answer questions and get your Inspection done fast and efficiently.