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Time for a Smog Check? Which South Bay Smog Check Center Should You Go To?

LA south bay smog check center

If you live or work in Torrance, Lomita or other LA South Bay communities, when it’s time for your vehicle’s smog inspection, head to A&A Smog Away at 1913 Pacific Coast Highway in Lomita or call 310-534-8706. 

Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance no longer performs smog inspections. Instead, we recommend A&A, a STAR-certified Test Only station. The owner, Mark Khan, is a great guy, very kind and helpful. Tell Mark that you’re a Hillside customer and he’ll take good care of you.

But before you go, here are a few tips about preparing your automobile for the inspection.

  • Look at the dashboard. Are the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” lights on? If so, the emission control system could have a malfunction, which means your car won't pass the inspection. Schedule an appointment with Hillside Auto Repair. We’ll diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs prior to the inspection.  
     
  • Did you recently jump-start your car? Or replace the battery? Both of these events can wipe out your car’s memory bank. Your car has a computer that collects and records a steady stream of data from multiple sensors. During the smog inspection, the data is analyzed to determine if any system is operating “out of range”. Without this historical information, your car will not pass the inspection. 
     
  • Repairs due to “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” lights may also cause your automobile to lose historical sensor data.
     
  • So, after any of the above scenarios, do this before you take your vehicle in for a smog inspection — drive it about 60 miles on a combination of surface streets and freeways. Then, you’ll be ready and feel more confident about the inspection.

Call us at 310-504-1243 if you have any questions.  We’re here to help.  

Wishing you happy and safe motoring!

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