Diesel Quick Facts

Who: Bureau of Automotive Repair. Assembly Bill 1488.

What: All 1998 and newer vehicles that weigh less than 14,000 GVWR.

Where: All of California. Basic and Enhanced program areas require the same testing procedures

When: January 1, 2010 the California DMV will begin to mail biennial smog inspection notices. All qualifying title transfer and out-of-state diesel vehicles will require a smog beginning January 1.

Why: An Estimated 540,000 vehicles will be added to the smog program with the goal of meeting California's smog reduction goals.

How: Diesel Inspection procedures consist of:
-- Visual Test
-- OBD II Test
-- Visible Smoke Test

Note: Diesel vehicles are not required to be dyno tested. The Two Speed Idle (TSI) test is not required either.

Diesel Smog FAQ

Diesel Testing Procedure:

Visual Inspection:
The visual portion of the test is similar to the visual inspection performed for a gasoline vehicle. The state is primarily looking for aftermarket modifications to the engine and computer. The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has found that many non-CARB upgrades to diesel vehicles have a negative effect on smog output. If you have made modifications to your diesel vehicle it is recommended that you confirm that the parts/installation are legal to California prior to conducting an inspection.

The OBD II portion is pretty straight forward. A visual of the MIL will be conducted. The computer fault code search and monitor readiness tests will be performed as usual.

Visual Smoke Test:
The visual smoke test will consist of:

The Idle Test & Idle Crankcase Test:

Snap Test:

Please feel free to call Danny at Just Smogs if you have any further questions regarding the California diesel smog program: 714-596-1019.

Test Only stations are the fast efficient unbiased solution for ALL your smog check needs. With that said, not all stations are created equally. Elements you should consider when choosing the correct station are:

Ultimately, this is a service that you are going to perform only once every two years. It's a good idea to find a quality station that you can get to know and trust.

Take advantage of our smog check test only coupon (located on the coupon page). Simply print the smog coupon and bring it with you for the test. When you are ready to make an appointment for a smog check, please call us at (714) 596-1019. Just Smogs test only center will take care of all your smog check needs!

Just Smogs of Huntington Beach
7722 Talbert Ave. Suite B
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Directions from Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley: smog pass or fail smog

From Beach Blvd. Travel west on Talbert Ave. Left on Kovacs Ln. (small st.) Left in 2nd driveway Arrive at 7722 Talbert Ave., Unit B Huntington Beach, California 92648

Directions from Seal Beach:

From PCH. Travel south on PCH Left on Warner Ave. Right on Beach Blvd. Right on Talbert. Left on Kovacs Ln. (3rd small st.) Left in 2nd driveway Arrive at 7722 Talbert Ave., Unit B Huntington Beach, California 92648

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