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OT: so my audi lives on after all, lol
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Submitted by flu on February 21, 2016 - 3:52pm
...So... I took it to another smog place today, somewhere in poway that has a free retest policy (I won't say where, though they are a very honest shop)....And it passed. lol...
I talked to the guy who was doing the test, and I explained to him that the previous smog test station failed me on the visual because he claimed he saw white smoke out of the tailpipe when he reved the car twice.
So this new smog technician told me to do the same thing just to see as a pre-check. So I reved to about 6900 twice for a few seconds, twice. He questioned why I was revving the car so high, and I said "because that's what the previous smog test place did when he failed me"....
The tech explained to me that the test is only a brief rev and hold to 3000rpm, not 6900rpm, and said if the tech actually revved to 6900 (which he did) he's a moron. Furthermore, there was no white smoke even when I revved to 6900 this time.
The tech then ran the smog test on my car, OBD II test passed, visual passed. He even commented that given my car was 16 years old, that surprisingly it was in really good shape and doesn't understand why the other guy failed it.
He then went on to explain that the newer OBD II tests were more subjective than the older tests that actually sniffed the exhaust from the tailpipe, since part of these newer tests were "visual tests" could vary depending on the tech's opinion.
He did mention that he does think my car's turbo seal is probably going soon, and that while me switching to a thicker oil helped, it's going to be an issue moving forward, especially if oil/coolant starts leaking a lot into the cat. That's fine. I think now I'll take the time to replace the turbo.
Anyway, long story short. Don't take your car to get it smogged in Miramar places that don't offer a no pass->retest place. Go to poway, where there's a dozen or so smog places that all offer free retests.
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