1983 toyota celica failed emissions test
I’m in a bit of a bind. My 1983 Toyota Celica (standard) was kidnapped
by New York City this morning and is being held hostage at the Brooklyn
Navy Yard Tow Pound. I irresponsibly let my registration expire and
can’t get the car out without renewing it. I can’t renew my
registration, however, without getting my car inspected again. Just last
week I had it inspected, but it failed the emissions test. Lacking enough
money to pay for the $400 tune-up the garage wanted to charge, I decided to
try to tune it up myself, but was too busy to do so up until today. Now I
need to have the car towed out of the pound to a station that will do a
re-inspection. All the stations I called in the area want about the same
($400-500) to service the car before inspecting it again. I still can’t
afford to pay that and want to do some things to it myself, but I’m not
very knowledgeable about these things. I can change the air filter, but
what other adjustments can I make to lower the emissions? Any advice would
be helpful. The car is not worth a whole lot, but it has low mileage
(65,000) for its age, and is dependable. I am starting a part-time
teaching job in Boston next month and will need a car to commute back and
forth to Boston. The results of my failed inspection are:
Emission Control Devices Result: PASS
Emissions Test Result: FAIL
Vehicle Reading HC 1.04 gpm / CO 15.75 gpm / NOx 1.80 gpm.
Test Limits HC 0.80 gpm / CO 15.00 gpm / NOx 2.00 gpm
Besides changing the air filter (which is about two years old) what else can I do to lower the emissions myself? Thanks for you help.
Air filter as you know. 02 sensor should be changed every 50K. Run some fuel injector cleaner through.
according to what you said, it is just barely out of specs.
So, the garage are thieves.
What is most likely out of tune is the carbuerator adjustment. You will need a tach to do this, or pay a mechanic $60. change all the plugs and wires, the air filter.
change the oil. Drive it 30 miles before you take the test, on the freeway. Should be good to go.
OK HOLD THE WAGON.
Celicat, If I'm not mistaken, your '83 Celica came with an option of either a carburetor or FI. So which do you have?
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