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Smart Car 451 vs California Smog Check?

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Does anyone know the procedure for getting a Smart Car (2008 Cabriolet) smogged in California?

I just got back from a Smog Check place, where the technician couldn't figure out how to do the dynamometer test -- I think the ESP was refusing to allow the rear wheels to roll fast while the front ones were still.

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...I'll say pull fuse 11...

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...a Smog Check place, where the technician couldn't figure out how to do the dynamometer test... my
What jet said.

Jeremy, don't think "Smog Check place" and "technician" can both be used in the same sentence? Maybe in some circles "tool" and "technician" are interchangeable?

Seriously, smart has been out there long enough that a CA trained technician should have been able to figure this out?

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This "technician" has never smog checked a rear wheel drive car before?
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...I'll say pull fuse 11...

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+1, or hit both buttons on the dash before starting the engine until the car beeps at you. That will disable the ESP, traction control, and ABS.

Of course, the real solution is to get out of Cali, and avoid the hassle....


Really glad we don't have to put up with that B.S. in Indiana....
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I first started driving in Ohio and we still had to have the E-Check. I remember here they would run your car like described but you could request, or if your vehicle was all wheel drive all the time they could do an IDLE test. They stuck a probe in the exhaust pipe and let it idle till the computer said it was ok.

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I live in Los Angeles, CA and have had my smart fir 5 years. Smog check has yet to be asked for by the DMV.

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Hi all,

Does anyone know the procedure for getting a Smart Car (2008 Cabriolet) smogged in California?

I just got back from a Smog Check place, where the technician couldn't figure out how to do the dynamometer test -- I think the ESP was refusing to allow the rear wheels to roll fast while the front ones were still.

Thanks,
Jeremy
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I guess I'm just unlucky then (or maybe it's because I bought the car used?)

In any case, I resolved the problem by going to a different Smog Check station, where the technician was more knowledgeable. According to him, Smarts don't need a dynamometer test, they only require an idle test, which is what he did.

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Smart is under 1.0L and is exempt from biannual smog check :-) I'm surprised they don't charge you either! (Did I write that out loud?? OOPS
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Smart is under 1.0L and is exempt from biannual smog check :-) I'm surprised they don't charge you either! (Did I write that out loud?? OOPS
To be exempt, it has to be under 50 cubic inches which is 819cc's. 451 is way over. However the 450 meets it handily and I'm exempt.
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