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"Guaranteed to Pass Emissions" fluids - Do they work?

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"Guaranteed to Pass Emissions" fluids - Do they work?

My car didnt pass emissions and I was walking around CT I saw a bottle form Pennzoil saying that if you pour this in they guaranteed it will pass emissions. Is it worth it at all to use it, or will it just end up damaging something? Thanks
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What did your car fail? Was it hot when the test was done? I have never seen a car fail. When my sister's car failed, we let the car idle until the engine was hot and brought it to a drive clean facility (instead of ,say a CT, and it passed no problem. There is no limit to the number of tries...
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AudiDude wrote:
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:51 pm
What did your car fail? Was it hot when the test was done? I have never seen a car fail. When my sister's car failed, we let the car idle until the engine was hot and brought it to a drive clean facility (instead of ,say a CT, and it passed no problem. There is no limit to the number of tries...
except the $$ :razz: I dont have the sheet on me but I am pretty sure I have a faulty O2 sensor so I need to get that replaced.
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except the $$ :razz: I dont have the sheet on me but I am pretty sure I have a faulty O2 sensor so I need to get that replaced.
If you do, you will fail hydrocarbons. Also your gas mileage will suffer and the car has no clue how much gas to give the engine. Eventually it would cost more, not to replace it. Get the sheet and have a look.
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Whether it does or doesn't, my Dad will always put something in the car the day before or the day of to flush / aid the system ...
There's been times where I've been worried about his car passing and yet, it does ...

I don't know, he seems to like it.
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read the fine print, they have so many conditions there is no way you would ever fail if you met their conditions.
Their conditions might as well include "you must have a brand new car that was bought within the past month"
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If it was that simple, then they wouldn't need emissions testing and they'd just make everyone use this product.
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The point of doing emissions testing isn't to buy these fluids and trick the system. The point is we want our air to smell better, and that we won't choke from it.

If your car is failing emissions, do the world a favour and scrap it.
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I think the emissions restrictions are getting stricter, are they not?
Although its a huge cash cow for the city, the government, etc ... I think its a necessary evil, especially in a city this large.

We need to make sure everyone is on an even playing field.
With that said, I think cars over the age of 20 should still be tested. I think that's just ridiculous that they're not.
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I think the emissions restrictions are getting stricter, are they not?
We need to make sure everyone is on an even playing field.
With that said, I think cars over the age of 20 should still be tested. I think that's just ridiculous that they're not.
The emissions restrictions are tied to the year of the car. So a 1986 car will have higher limits than a 2006. As newer cars were made, they also improved the emissions output to conform to continuously newer and lower standards. I would think that most cars over the age of 20 that can't pass either need minor service and are not driven a lot, or are total crap cans that can no longer pass a safety. In some places in Europe, you can't drive your car unless you pass a scheduled safety. If we had that here, the buses would be overflowing with people who can't afford to maintain a car.
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The emissions restrictions are tied to the year of the car. So a 1986 car will have higher limits than a 2006. As newer cars were made, they also improved the emissions output to conform to continuously newer and lower standards. I would think that most cars over the age of 20 that can't pass either need minor service and are not driven a lot, or are total crap cans that can no longer pass a safety. In some places in Europe, you can't drive your car unless you pass a scheduled safety. If we had that here, the buses would be overflowing with people who can't afford to maintain a car.
Sounds like a plan! Maybe then the TTC will finally be profitable!
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AudiDude wrote:
Apr 22nd, 2009 4:48 pm
The emissions restrictions are tied to the year of the car. So a 1986 car will have higher limits than a 2006. As newer cars were made, they also improved the emissions output to conform to continuously newer and lower standards. I would think that most cars over the age of 20 that can't pass either need minor service and are not driven a lot, or are total crap cans that can no longer pass a safety. In some places in Europe, you can't drive your car unless you pass a scheduled safety. If we had that here, the buses would be overflowing with people who can't afford to maintain a car.
Unfortunately people will still find way around this
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I wonder if it's just Canadian Tire because I failed too when I had my '02 Acura RSX. I took it there because it was the closes and haven't really read too much about their poor reputation.

It was Modded so I'm not sure if that was the reason but after some Ultra 94 and running it Hard on the highway and I passed. I took it to Firestone shop, which was the closest off 410.

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It depends on what you did or did not do.

You are supposed to change your oil & let your car fully heat up, taking it on the highway right before the test for a good run will help a lot on it passing.
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My HC ppm was 151, limit is 55
My CO% was .33, limit is .31
My NO ppm was 971, limit is 408

RPM was at 1581 dilution was at 15.2, this was the ASM2525 Test

So does it look like it could be the O2 sensor? The cat was replaced less than a year ago, and the check engine light has been coming on and off for a few months now.
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