EMISSIONS TESTING IN NIAGARA FALLS

Drive Clean

Vehicles that are seven years and older need to pass an emissions test before you can renew their registration and licence plates.

How a Drive Clean emissions test is done

Information on the vehicle emissions tests used in Ontario. The process depends on the vehicle you own.Test types Three types of tests are commonly used to test emissions.

Vehicle Type of Test

Light-duty vehicles with a model year 1998 to present On Board Diagnostic System test (OBD Test) Light-duty vehicles with a model year 1988 to 1997

Certain heavy-duty gasoline vehicles Tailpipe test (two-speed idle test for gasoline vehicles and visual inspection for light-duty diesel vehicles) Heavy-duty diesel vehicles Opacity test

Pre-test Check

Before performing the emissions test, the inspector will do a visual check at no cost. If the inspector finds any of the following issues, it must be corrected before the emissions test can continue, as it could lead to injury and/or the test equipment may not work properly:

  • Missing catalytic Converter and/or Gas Cap
  • Defects in the fuel filler pipe
  • problems with the on-board computer system that would prevent the vehicle from being tested
  • visible smoke coming from the tailpipe
  • Any problems the inspector believes would prevent the vehicle from being tested safely
  • You will receive a pre-test check rejection form, if the vehicle cannot be tested. You will need to return for the test, once any required repairs are made.

On-board diagnostic system test

Most cars, vans and SUVs in Ontario — made in 1998 or later — have an on-board computer that monitors the vehicle’s engine and emissions system, every time you drive.;

The Drive Clean test uses your vehicle’s on-board computer to identify emissions problems.

During the test, the information stored in your vehicle’s on-board computer is checked to determine if your vehicle’s emissions systems are working properly and are not releasing pollutants beyond your vehicle’s emissions standards.

Can I get an OBD test if my ‘check engine’ light is on?

Tailpipe Test

Vehicles not equipped with an electronic on-board diagnostic system include gas-fuelled:

cars and vans (model years 1988–1997)

SUVs or pickup trucks between 3,857–4,500 kg (model years 1988–2006)

Heavy-duty trucks and buses, with a gross vehicle weight rating over 4,500 kg

These vehicles will have a tailpipe test done to measure emissions.

The tailpipe test — also known as a two-speed idle test — measures carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

Currently we are not providing services related to Tailpipe test.

Services We Provide

EXHAUST

An exhaust system is usually piping used to guide reaction exhaust gases away from a controlled combustion inside an engine or stove.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of wheels so that they are set to the car maker’s specification.

On Board Diagnostics

On-board diagnostics (OBD) is an automotive term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle subsystems.

Emissions Test

Vehicles that are seven years and older need to pass an emissions test before you can renew their registration and licence plates.

Electric

An automotive battery is a rechargeable battery that supplies electric energy to an automobile. Traditionally, this is called an SLI, for starting, lighting, ignition, and its main purpose is to start the engine.

Steering

Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two.

Filter Replacements

Auto channels are intended to keep hurtful flotsam and jetsam from entering any parts where air and liquid streams, including your motor, radiator, fuel lines and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Oil Changes

The oil and the oil filter need to be periodically replaced. While there is a full industry surrounding regular oil changes and maintenance, an oil change is a fairly simple operation that most car owners can do themselves.