An emissions test is an examination of the level of hazardous materials that are produced and discharged into the environment by a motor vehicle with a combustible engine.
In Ontario, some cars, trucks, vans, buses, and other motor vehicles need to pass something called a Drive Clean test in order to be officially licensed to drive on the roads.
The results of a Drive Clean test will establish if your vehicle meets the Ontario emissions standards. If your vehicle does not pass the test, it is not legal to drive in on the road.
Where can you have a Drive Clean Test done on your vehicle?
Emission Test Brampton
If you are looking to have an emission test done on your vehicle in the Brampton area, you will need to go to a Drive Clean test station that has been authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Transport as well as the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
Valvoline Express Care Brampton
The Valvoline Express Care Center in Brampton offers a fully certified Emissions Testing Center authorized by Ontario standards.
Why Choose Valvoline Express Care?
The Valvoline Express Care Centre is an excellent choice for you emissions test for many reasons, including:
• Speed and efficiency
• Earn points
• Pre-test executed
• Top of the line service and equipment
Speed and Efficiency
Valvoline Express Care Brampton is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to excellent customer service with a customer first mentality. With over 20 years experience in the automotive industry, they have cultivated and polished the emissions test process to make it as quick and easy for the customer as possible.
When you have an emissions test performed at the Express Care centre, you will earn points and discounts off other services simply by downloading the app.
Before the emissions test even gets underway, the professionals at Valvoline will perform and pre-test to make sure there are no issues that would result in a test failure.
In order to prevent your vehicle from failing the emissions test, a visual test will be done by a Valvoline staff member. This test is done to look for problems like:
• Smoke coming from the tailpipe or anywhere else on the vehicle
• Issues with the onboard computer that could prevent effective testing
• Problems with the fuel filler pipe
• Missing catalytic converter or gas cap
• Any other noticeable issues that may affect the outcome of the test
Top of the line Service and Equipment
Not only are the staff at the Express Care centre highly trained and experienced, the equipment they use for testing and other services is first-rate.
Emissions Test Process
After the pre-test has been completed, and there are no observable issues with your vehicle, the emissions test can begin.
The first step is to examine your vehicle’s on-board computer diagnostic system. This system is in charge of tracking the engine and emission system of your vehicle. This information is analyzed to determine if Ontario emissions standards are being met.
If no on-board diagnostic system is available, a tailpipe test will be carried out. This test will assess the levels of carbon-monoxide and hydrocarbons that are being produced. This is also known as a two-speed idle test.
How Often Should Emissions Tests Be Performed?
When you get your vehicle’s registration renewal forms sent to you, you will be informed at that time if an emissions test is needed.
You can also do an online search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here.
If your vehicle is 7 years old or more, the general rule is to have an emissions test performed every two years.