Originally Posted by celicat
Iím 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 canít get the car out without renewing it. I canít 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 canít afford to pay that and want to do some things to it myself, but Iím 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.
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