[ROVERNET - UK] Rover SD1 legal issues (details)

John Burkhard burkhaj at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 18 03:58:47 BST 2006

In California cars 1975 and newer must be inspected every 2 years to stay 
on the road.  Out of state cars newer than 1975 are not allowed in unless 
they have a Vehicle Emission Control Information label stating that the 
vehicle is California certified and must pass a complete systems 
operational inspection and 4 gas dynamometer test.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Glen Wilson" <glenwilson at cavtel.net>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2006 5:51 PM
Subject: RE: [ROVERNET - UK] Rover SD1 legal issues (details)

> Here's the procedure Pennsylvania requires:
> http://www.dep.state.pa.us/aq_apps/emissions/testinfo.htm
> 1980 SD1 would not have to do dynamometer test, just idle emissions.
> Some counties in PA do not require emissions testing, but the visual
> check of emissions equipment tampering is still required.
> Also this note: "Vehicles registered as classic or collectible are
> exempt from the anti-tampering portion of the safety inspection."
> Vehicles not exempt for standard registration.
> What constitutes tampering?
> "The rule of thumb when it comes to emissions systems is that any
> modification that changes the vehicle from a certified configuration to
> a non-certified configuration is considered tampering. This applies to
> both vehicle owners and repair facilities and is therefore a Federal
> offense. Replacing a catalytic converter with a straight pipe is one
> traditional example of tampering. Likewise, overriding the OBD system
> through the use of high-tech defeat devices, non-certified computer
> chips, etc., would also be considered tampering."
> Visual Check
>        What is a Visual Anti-Tampering Check?
>        The Visual Anti-Tampering Check is a visual inspection for the
>        presence of emission control components that were installed on
>        your vehicle by the manufacturer.
>        How is a Visual Anti-Tampering Check performed?
>        A certified technician will look for the presence of the
>        following emission control devices:
>              * Catalytic converter
>              * Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve
>              * Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve
>              * Fuel inlet restrictor
>              * Air pump
>              * Evaporative control system components such as vapor
>                canisters and lines.
>        The certified technician will also determine if these devices
>        are properly connected and if they are the correct type for the
>        vehicle being inspected.
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