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Old 04-05-2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Rebuilt Transmission, Now Fails Smog Check

Since California wants to lead the nation with tail pipe exhaust analyzing as a political move to rid cars quicker than the rest of the nation, you'll have to post the emission numbers. From time to time, members from California with old Saturns ask the same questions because of California's strict emissions that were arbitrarily chosen to be lower than federal EPA standards. In a nutshell, a '97 with OBD II that doesn't display the SES indicator has already passed federal emissions. Mine is the same OBD II but an '03 L300 without tail pipe analyzing in NYS and passes immediately because it meets federal emissions, not California's. Your state wants you to spend more money to lower emissions than federal EPA standards for that model year which already does from the SES indicator not turning on. By lowering emissions for California's standard, you'll have to go line by line on each of the three pollutants (HC, CO, NOx) that doesn't meet state emissions. Hopefully it won't be too costly to keep the car.

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