I took my car for its CA SMOG check yesterday but ended getting a smug
Drove the car to my neighborhood test station, feeling very pleased with myself for driving an electric car into the test bay. After all, what could possibly generate fewer emissions than a car running on stored battery power?
To my utter humiliation, my Electric Vehicle, unlike all the ICE-powered cars I had owned before, failed the SMOG test.
The technician was equally baffled by this result and explained that the failure was due to two stored fault codes, one of which should have resulted in a MIL, but had not. Without a MIL, I had no reason to check for fault codes before going for the test, feeling very smug about my EV, and ended up getting humbled. The technician, for his part, was very nice and told me that I could come back for a free re-test later if I can clear the codes.
After a quick call to Pat to make sure I was not breaking anything by doing this, I went ahead and cleared the codes using my faithful Gopoint BT-1 scanner
and the Dashcommand App
cleared all the fault codes. After driving the car around today to make sure the codes would not come back, after a quick check of the codes to make sure no new ones had appeared, I went back for a re-test, which the Karma passed with flying colors.
Nothing with this car is simple or straightforward. Pro Tip: If you are taking your car in for an emissions check and have access to an OBDII scanner, check for codes before taking the car in. Just because the MIL is not lit up, it does not mean that there are no fault codes stored in memory.
Let's hope I remember that in two years when I have to take the car for its next CA SMOG check.