This morning I got one of my cars smogged. It passed with flying colors, as I pretty much knew it would. I’ll spare you the reasons why I felt that way ahead of time
Anyways, this is a car which I KNOW was supposed to get a tailpipe test and go on the dyno. I know this because I do smog inspections as part of my job, so I of all people know a little about the regulations. I’m just mentioning this for the benefit of anybody reading this who doesn’t know me.
I work for a government fleet, so we’re not allowed to smog private vehicles, much less our own. Again, this is for people reading this who are not familiar with the business.
I showed up at this place, and the inspector was just getting started on a Jaguar. I observed some strange things right off the bat. A different individual pulled the car into the bay and onto the rollers. The inspector then took over, proceeded to enter information on the smog device, etc. This other guy then put the probe into the tailpipe. The actual inspector did subject this vehicle to the dyno portion. But he never “strapped it down” . . . when he was done with the dyno portion, the other mystery individual proceeded to remove the probe from the tailpipe.
The Jaguar passed, for what it’s worth
now it’s my turn
Again, it was interesting, but in a different way. The actual inspector pulled my vehicle, small rwd car, onto the rollers and inserted the probe himself. But he subjected the car to a two-speed idle test, as opposed to the dyno run which it should have gotten. The car does have traction control, but there is a very prominently labeled switch on the dash which allows you to turn it off. You can’t miss it, it’s staring you right in the face
After the tailpipe portion of the test was over, he proceeded to perform a visual inspection which included removing covers he wasn’t supposed to . . .
So this guy didn’t do the things he was supposed to, but did things he wasn’t supposed to
My car passed, as I knew it would
Here’s my concern . . . and it’s not for me, but rather for the inspector. I know that the bureau of automotive repairs does monitor smog inspections, but I’m not sure how closely. Even if they’re not physically spying on you, they still . . . to some unknown extent . . . check what you did or did not do. I’d be worried about catching their attention for taking too many shortcuts. On the flip side, they also don’t want inspectors to do things that aren’t part of the established procedure. And believe me, it is spelled out. The most egregious thing would be to inspect and fail a vehicle for a faulty fuel filler cap, if the procedure clearly spells out you’re not supposed to remove and test it. That was just a hypothetical situation, but that did not happen in this instance.
I though it was highly irregular for an individual other than the smog inspector to be physically involved in any part of the inspection. Where I’m at, only I am allowed to perform the inspection . . . the entire procedure is mine and mine alone.
Anybody had a vehicle fail because the inspector did things incorrectly in some way?
Anybody have to get the referee involved because of improper procedures on the inspector’s part, resulting in a failure?
By the way . . . the cartalk website is saying my topic is similar to “High interest-rates”