My car failed its emissions test – what do I need to do?

Let’s get this out of the way: a leak in your exhaust system could be deadly. If San Diego car owners smell exhaust in the passenger cabin or hear an unusual exhaust sound, they should get their exhaust system checked and repaired. Talk to your caring UC Service Center tech This is critical: Carbon monoxide in your exhaust is odorless, colorless and tasteless can be fatal to you and your passengers so don’t delay if you suspect and exhaust leak.

There could be a number of reasons for a failed CA emissions test so some essential diagnostic work is in order. A common reason for San Diego drivers is that the catalytic converter has failed. The catalytic converter removes some of the harmful elements in exhaust.

When a catalytic converter fails it must be replaced, which isn’t cheap for San Diego auto owners. Many San Diego folks stop there – but the converter failed for a reason. There may be any number of engine run conditions that led to the failure. It would certainly be smart to have your caring UC Service Center tech diagnose the cause so that you don’t end up with another expensive catalytic converter replacement down the road.

Oh, and that Check Engine Light that so many San Diego auto owners ignore: It might just be illuminated for a an essential condition that could lead to catalytic converter damage. Have your UC Service Center service advisor get to the bottom of any check engine light situation.

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UC Service Center
3901 Governor Dr
San Diego, CA 92122

At UC Service Center we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At UC Service Center in San Diego CA (92122) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 858.453.0676. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit


3901 Governor Dr
San Diego, CA 92122