Located just south of Hamilton in Mount Hope, Ontario, is a full-service, one-stop automotive repair shop called Affordable Muffler & Brakes, where new and loyal customers understand that this is not an establishment that repairs or replaces vehicle brakes and mufflers only. Do not be misled by the business’s name.
When you receive a notice from the Ministry of Transportation “inviting” you to have a Drive Clean test to determine if your vehicle meets Ontario emissions standards, you must comply. Only an accredited test facility, such as Affordable Muffler & Brakes, can perform the test, which must be done by a provincially appointed and certified inspector. This assessment is mandatory for certain vehicles to be licensed to drive on Ontario roads. This specific examination must be conducted every two years once your vehicle reaches seven years of age. The request for a Drive Clean test is usually timed to coincide with the renewal of your vehicle’s annual licence tag.
Introduced in 1999 by the Ontario government, Drive Clean was intended to weed out vehicles that belch out unrestrained amounts of exhaust fumes. The offending vehicles’ particulate emissions contribute to smog and increase pollution.
At Affordable Muffler & Brakes, the most common Drive Clean test reads the emissions computer OBD (on-board diagnostics) system. In fact, as you drive, your vehicle’s engine’s computer cycles through numerous self-exams and stores that data. Your vehicle won’t be in test mode if the battery was recently disconnected, drained or boosted — or if your engine’s computer codes were cleared during a recent repair. If an emissions reading can’t be obtained, you’ll be told to drive around for a few days and essentially build up a user “history” before returning.
Other Drive Clean tests include a tailpipe test, which measures tailpipe emissions, and an opacity test for measuring the smoke density in diesel-fuelled vehicles. You will be provided with a report after any procedure.
A fail means you can’t renew your vehicle registration until it’s made to produce cleaner exhaust.
At Affordable Muffler & Brakes, this full-service licensed shop will keep your vehicle in peak operating condition, offering maintenance and repairs, exhaust and emissions work, computerized diagnostics and more. Call 905-679-9948 to schedule an appointment today.
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