Re: rimmer supercharger
Sorry for misinformation Lun. Many counties aren't slated for the standard (just the sniffer) emissions inspection for some time yet (how long I'm not sure). I believe that just Phila and it's surrounding counties have the "enhanced emission" which is on a dyno with plug in computer. Pittsburg, I believe, and maybe a few surrounding counties have the standard sniffer check......which is just a CO and HydroCarbon level....maybe a NOX as well.....but any well maintained vehicle passes. For an older vehicle the repair $ limit for compliance is less than a newer one (I'm not sure of the year) ....the newer limit is $150. This was a "gouge" limit imposed to prevent mass emissions related expense to the public. It doesn't mean that you necessarily get off with just $150 however. If the cat is determined to be bad the retail on it is around $250......so they don't have to give you a $250 cat for $150....so you're kinda stuck with that bill. I've only had to replace a cat once......I naturally did it myself for around $90 and got it retested but the average john/jane Q consumer is already used to the $200 safety inspection....so I guess a $3-400 combined will not be too much harder to swallow. Oh..ya.....you can get an exemption sticker if you do less than 5000 miles a year (they computer catalogue your odometer reading with your registration (you do) and the safety inspection (the shop does)...so the figures must jive (it takes awhile for them to catch up with you..but they eventually do)....so if you want to run two speedos and only log 5k a year on the in dash one you can go as radical as you wish. It's called the "Sunday driver" badge.......much like the Cinderella tag for the antiques. If you have a 75 or older vehicle you can get the antique tags that allow you to skip the both inspection completely.....you can not however drive after certain hours (sundown I believe) and cannot drive through the PA turnpike tunnels.
Figures don't lie ....... but liars sure do figure.