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Old 09-28-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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Where to get smog check done in San Diego?

I need to get the Interstate smog checked for registration renewal. Any recommendations on where to take it?

We keep it stored in Spring Valley, so someplace near La Mesa or El Cajon would be great.

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Old 09-28-2015, 06:25 PM   #2
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Where do you get your other vehicle(s) smog checked? Can dealers do it or do they have special stations that do it?
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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My car is 5 years old and it's never had to be smogged. I'm assuming the AI needs to be done 'cause it's a diesel.

Cars are done at smog stations, but, most of those wouldn't be able to fit the AI because of the height.
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You might find a shop in Spring Valley or see PM for who I use in Santee.

I am assuming they just plug their machine into the OBD port like all the other vehicles so if their cables are long enought will just roll their machine outside.
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Thanks Ron. Got your pm.

I'm assuming same, about them just plugging it in. I'll call around....
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If you were willing to drive to Fallbrook I know a shop that is GOOD, and Fast, and Cheap. Since I found them four years ago I have gone back two more times. They put up a coupon on their website and you only need to show it too them when you check in. I yelped them the first time I went and I was their first yelp reviewer so if you go tell them that Pamela, their first yelp reviewer sent you. They can smog your vehicle inside, OR outside if it's too big.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/main-street-...er-fallbrook-4

And here is the website for the coupon, the price has gone up a dollar since I was last there, it's $36.75 (w/coupon) + $8.25 for the Certificate. 1999 and older vehicles add $10.

http://www.smogcheckfallbrook.com/smog-coupon/
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weirdstuff, since we are both San Diegans I sent you a friend request, when I did they asked this:

"Are you sure you want to add weirdstuff to your contacts?" ROFL!!!
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I had my INTERSTATE smogged at ASAP in Imperial Beach ,it is a STAR smog station, which was required by DMV because of the Diesel engine. There is a $10.00 coupon on line for a discount. Check with DMV to see if you have to go to their special stations or if those that have done VW diesels are OK. (just joking). AEW
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Howdy, friends.

Just got back from smog check. Went to a place in Spring Valley, near our storage. We did NOT have to go to a STAR station.

Vehicle FAILED inspection. But, not because there's anything wrong with it. It failed because of some computer software glitch, and the smog station equipment could not detect 3 of our 4 sensors. (or was it 2 of 3?)

I was shocked. Now, for more of a shock. The smog station guy, AND the guy at the Mercedes sprinter service dept told us this: due to the new smog testing procedure in CA, many vehicles are having the same problem.

Mercedes guy told us to drive 200 miles and then immediately have the smog test done. WTF???

So we go drive 80 miles, and come back. (no time to drive 200 miles). Smog test guy hooks us back up, and his equipment still can't connect to our system.

WTF???!!! I'm finding this hard to believe. I'm on line now, researching.
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Find a friend in the county - you don't need a smog check depending on your zip code (population density) . Register you vehicle using his address. Works!
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Find a friend in the county - you don't need a smog check depending on your zip code (population density) . Register you vehicle using his address. Works!
Wish I could. But, that's not gonna happen.

Was just researching this issue and seems it's quite common.

Others are reporting having to drive huge amounts of miles.

Some people are telling you to do this reset procedure which involves turning a/c and rear defroster on and off, and driving at 55mph, then coasting down to 20mph without braking, and then repeating that sequence.

This reset procedure that is being referenced, seems quite dangerous, and fankly, I'm getting really pissed off about this whole thing.
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And I just found another site that had a reset procedure that involved 15 different steps. Drive at 30mph for 3 minutes, then 40mph for 3 minutes, etc., etc.. It included various speeds, times, and decelerations, as well as turning engine on and off.

Starting to feel like this is a bad joke and someone is filming me.
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That is crazy. I would try another smog guy and see if same result.
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It is not a reset procedure,the MONITORS must be complete.There are self test in the engine controller that must run to confirm the emission controls are functioning as designed.The test take certain conditions to be met for them to run/test.These conditions can be very specific as to engine temp,road speed,accel/decel over time etc.FCA has a tsb describing the drive cycle required for each monitor to run on the Cummins.It is very time consuming and will take some miles.
California just stiffened up the requirements on how many must pass to receive a pass on the smog test last May.
If the Sprinter is known to have issues running all the monitors it may be worthwhile to make an appointment with a referee station
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