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INSPECTIONS & EMISSIONS

Working Hours
  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

INSPECTIONS & EMISSIONS

Vehicle Inspection Services at Victor's Automotive Center

In certain states, routine safety inspections and emissions assessments are mandated for automobiles and trucks. At Victor's Automotive Center, our team is not only well-equipped but also trained to execute these inspections. Our skilled technicians can also perform comprehensive multi-point inspections on your vehicles as required.

These are some of the inspection services we offer.


Emissions and Smog Testing
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CA State Inspection Station
CA state inspection stations are privately owned establishments, certified by the government, that administer state inspections across CA. Victor's Automotive Center is recognized as an CA state inspection station. If you require a state inspection, we invite you to visit our auto shop or contact us at 858-625-0447.

Exhaust Related FAQs

What is a rough idle?
A rough idle describes a vehicle's engine with spark plugs that are not firing correctly when the vehicle is in park, with no gas applied. Most vehicles idle between 600 and 1,200 RPM and should hold their idle speed consistently.

Can you put any exhaust on any car?
Not every exhaust will fit every car. Compatibility isn't just about car make and model; engine specs, optional extras, and even trim levels can influence the fit. Make sure you consider not just the make and model, but also engine details, fancy extras, and even trim levels before getting your heart set on a shiny new system.

Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?
The most common reason for thick smoke coming out of your car's exhaust pipe is the fuel to air ratio in your engine is too rich. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This is caused by a cracked or leaking fuel injector, a failing O2 sensor, or air filter that needs replacing.

Catalytic Converter FAQs

Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?
A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At Victor's Automotive Center we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in San Diego, Miramar, Sorento Valley and University City. Exhaust gases will not escape easily and create an increase in exhaust gas pressure. The buildup in pressure can lead to high-cost repair bills in the future.

What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?
A catalytic converter helps reduce harmful engine emissions from entering the air by breaking down the harmful byproduct of internal combustion into less-harmful compounds. If your catalytic converter isn't working properly the check engine light will come on. The most common causes for a catalytic convert warning light to display are a clogged, cracked or melted converter. Sometimes the problem isn't the catalytic converter at all but an exhaust leak letting gases out of the system before it reaches the converter.

What happens to your car after the catalytic converter gets taken?
Removing the catalytic converter has a dramatic impact on your vehicle's acoustics. A deep, loud roar replaces the engine's usual hum, intensifying as you accelerate. Additionally, expect rough transitions and sputtering sounds when shifting gears, indicating impaired performance and potential engine damage.

To learn more about our Inspection and Emission services, call us at 858-625-0447 or request a quote by clicking below:


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What People Say About Us

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    Best automotive repair shop in San Diego!!

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    Amazing service..Great people..great prices too!!

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    Victor at Victor's Automotive should occupy the entire block he is on. He is two things you can't find in the same place in So. Cal. He is honest and he is reasonable. He is also VERY GOOD at what he does but those other two things are SO important that you should try his shop. One time and you'll never go anywhere else.

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    I went to this shop and it was a whole new experience. Everyone their helped out Victor is a very honest person and doesn't try to cheat you into something you don't need. I really trust him with my car he really let's me know what I need and what can wait. I get a lot for my budget. I told what I wanted and a price and he got it done. Highly recommend to everyone. Once you go there there is no where else you want to go.

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    Awesome place. Great mechanics. Every one there was a pleasure to deal with.

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    What a breath of fresh air! Real people who are actually in the business of taking care of your needs, and not just trying to make as much as they can off of you. Victor asked me how much are you looking to spend? He then told me what items he would recommend first to make sure that we get the most important things done. What a great business! I recommend anybody that wants honest great work and service come here.

Call us for service: 858-625-0447

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