June 18th, 2012
Smoke got you down? Just wait until your car or truck start to react to the smoke and ash. There is one and maybe even a second air filter in your vehicle. The first and most critical is the air filter which removes dust, dirt and ASH that is in the air the engine breathes. The other (and sometimes there are two) are called cabin air filters which filter the air that comes into the cabin of the car and with which we air condition and breathe. Make sure you have these critical filters checked to ensure your car and your lungs can operate at full capacity. The last big forest fire we had here in northern Colorado we pulled out lots of really dirty, black filters and expect to see more soon. For top performance, you need all the air you can get into your engine and not have it restricted by smoke and ash residue. Same for your lungs!
October 24th, 2011
In Colorado, the seller of a used car or truck is responsible for the emissions test required in the licensing to the new owner. If you buy a used car from a private party and the vehicle fails the emissions test, the seller is required by Department of Revenue rules to repair the car or truck to pass, or refund the purchase price. However, to enforce the rule, it may be necessary to sue the seller who does not want to comply and that is a big pain in the butt.
If you buy from a new or used car dealer, the same holds true when the dealer has not had the vehicle tested. Only, the dealer is allowed to provide you with a voucher to have the test run, with the same rule about failures as the private party.
My advice: have the vehicle emissions tested before you buy it and save some potential brain and financial damage.
August 24th, 2011
We now are getting used to the new emissions testing program for gas powered vehicles that recently arrived in Fort Collins and Loveland. At Performance Tune we have been doing Diesel Emissions Testing for 20 years, but no gas testing for the past decade or so. So far we have only seen a couple of failures and were able to get them repaired. One was even an older carburated truck from the early 80′s. We have enrolled our lead mechanic in the training offered by the state and he finished with flying colors. Most people are finding the program to be of little consequence and that the wait times are minimal at the testing station and it takes 20 minutes or so to get through. Since we only have to go every two years to get the test done, it really is not that big a deal. If you have any questions about the emissions program, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.
February 23rd, 2011
There seems to be some confusion about the state emissions testing these days in Fort Collins. We are getting calls wondering if we do emissions testing for gas powered cars and trucks because we are a State of Colorado Licensed Diesel Emissions Testing Station. The new gas vehicle testing program is different as it is a centralized testing program run by Air Care Colorado. They are the only place you can take your cars and trucks for testing. The Fort Collins facility is located at 835 S.E Frontage Road, which is just east of Interstate Highway 25 and south of East Mulberry. If you know where the McDonald’s restaurant and the OtterBox warehouse is located, it is on that same road, accross from OtterBox. Hours are 8 to 5:30 M-F and 8 to 1 on Saturday. No appointments are taken and there are multiple lanes to meet the city’s needs. It is best not to go mid day or the first and last couple of days of the month. The cost is $25 and it takes only 20 minutes or so for an uncomplicated wait and/or test. My experience there was very positive and I got right in and out with no problem and passed with flying colors. When you go, if there is a line, make sure to keep your vehicle running so that it is warm/hot when it is tested for best results.
If you have low profile or very large tires there may be a problem testing your vehicle. It is a good idea to go out and get them checked before relying on the test as they will make you change the tires/wheels if they do not work on their dynamometers.
As for diesel emissions testing, not much has changed since we began the testing twenty years ago. New vehicles are exempt for the first four years and then are tested every other year until they are ten years old. The rest are tested annually. If you have a truck that is “chipped” make sure that you set it back to normal before having the test run to assure that you are getting tested properly and have your best chance of passing.
If you have any questions about emissions testing you can call us at 970-482-3971 or contact aircarecolorado.com or call them at 970-AIRTEST.
February 7th, 2011
On Thursday I testified before the Colo House of Reps committee on Health and Environment on behalf of emissions testing along the north Front Range. In case you have never btdt, it is mostly a crock. They have a hearing where they pretend to care what you say, attack the people who they don’t agree with, and shuck and grin with those they do like. It is politics at its absolute worst. Their minds are made up in advance and deliberation is instantaneous. I learned something new, the chair of the Weld County Board of Commissioners stated that the ozone threatening the north Front Range is not created by us, oh no, it comes here FROM CHINA. OH YEAH. China. I guess that sort of thinking comes from inhaling all those sweet smelling feed lot fumes they get over there in Weld. You know the ones, Fort Collins: they come here on a southeasterly wind from time to time. So they proposed killing the emissions program that has been running for two months on July 1, 2011 and then maybe bringing them back in December if the air really is bad. Oh, and the jobs lost, so what. And the money spent by repair shops to deal with the program, so what. And the millions of $$$ to build testing stations, who cares. We all should have known better that if the program was killed we would be SOL and the Republicans doing the killing who support small business and job creation would be the killers. When you are in the brown cloud you cannot see it, folks. Get up to Horsetooth Rock some time and look down to see what is really going on. Oh, that’s right, Weld County is too far from Horsetooth, and their pollution as was stated in the meeting blows to the west. Maybe that’s got something to do with it. Well I CARE and I don’t want to breathe any more ozone or nitric acid or anything else that will damage my lungs. Can I spare $25 and a half hour of my time once every two years to get my car tested? Yes. Can you?
February 1st, 2011
I am heading to Denver to attend a meeting of the House Health and Environment Committee this Thursday, February 3rd at 1:30 PM in the Legal Services Building. There, House Bill 1082 will be heard proposing to stop emissions testing in Larimer and Weld counties. You might know the program, it just started up December 1, 2010. You see, there are a group of people here in NOCO that think there is no air quality problem and that we all breath different air than the people of Denver. No brown cloud there. I wonder what kind of glasses people wear that removes the haze from our sky, the one that blurs the foothills so they look like a green smear on the horizon rather than individual trees? Don’t they see what I do? Or worse yet, why don’t they seem to care? Well I DO!!! So I will travel to Denver and make an appearance, maybe even hug a tree before I leave to get in touch with my mother nature. Can I deal with making sure my vehicles aren’t spewing contaminants into the air? Yes. I am very fortunate to live in the best city in one of the best states in one of the best countries in the world. I can sacrifice twenty five dollars and thirty minutes of my time every two years and do do my small part. Oh sure, I will make some money fixing the polluting vehicles that are fouling the air, so I have a vested interest in emissions testing. Maybe enough to pay my utilities for a couple of months. We have invested in new testing and analyzing equipment, training for our techs, and ourselves as the public face to the industry for emissions testing and repair. For my children and myself, this emissions testing program is what I think is the right thing to do.
January 24th, 2011
For nearly twenty years we have been engaged in testing light duty diesels for their emissions for the state. Being at altitude (5000 feet) we began testing before the advent of sensors to tell the computer what our altitude is. We test for the density of the smoke emitted from the tailpipe under a full load at 60, 50, and 40 miles per hour. These are the times a diesel will smoke its worst if it is going to smoke at all. With the return of gas emissions testing this year we are still doing the testing in private stations, not at the state contractor. So, yes we are still testing diesels and the Air Care Colorado does the gas testing. Please feel free to call us at 970-482-3971 if you have any questions about emissions testing and we will be happy to help.
January 13th, 2011
So how are you doing with the new emissions program? Have you heard about it yet? Have you been to the testing stations? We are getting calls daily wanting to know if we do testing on gas powered cars and trucks. Answer: no, only light duty diesels, just as we have for the past 19+ years. Testing for the gas powered vehicles resumes in December 2010 and is being done by AirCare Colorado by contract with the State of Colorado. It is what is known as centralized testing and you need to go to Mulberry and I25 of out by the North Super Walmart in Loveland for the two closest testing stations. It’s best to go early, or mid month to avoid lines. Most cars pass as the pass levels are pretty high as they introduce the program and they plan to make it more aggressive as time passes. The pass levels in Denver are much more stringent than in the Front Range as they have the most cars and trucks and have been getting tested for years now. The worst of the worst are being removed from the roads and our air quality should stabilize and then improve. Those blue smoking vehicles you see from time to time will be fixed or booted for the benefit of the rest of us. And don’t forget you can check out the Rapid Screen Vans and not have to report for testing if your car is running clean. Check out Air Care Colorado’s website for the most information. www.aircarecolorado.com