Drivers urged to fix "Check Engine" light in car emissions campaign

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is launching a new campaign to go along with some changes to their vehicle emissions inspection plan, according to a press release.

The "Check It Before You Fail It" campaign was launched by ADEQ to encourage drivers to get their engines looked at if the "Check Engine" light is on in a vehicle. Drivers are urged to take their vehicle to a trained professional before bringing the car in for emissions inspection.

Cars with the "Check Engine" light on will fail emissions inspections, which means they won't be able to receive renewal license plate stickers. During the past two years, more than 120,000 drivers in the Phoenix and Tucson areas have failed their tests for that reason.

As of July 1, the emissions inspection process is going through a number of changes. Inspection fees are being lowered in the Phoenix metropolitan area from $27.75 to $20.

Also on July 1, ADEQ is launching a program to replace gas caps during inspections. More than 75,000 vehicles fail every year because of faulty gas caps. Starting July 1, drivers will be able to replace the faulty cap during the inspection, rather than having to drive somewhere to buy a new one and get reinspected.

For more information about vehicle emissions, visit ADEQ's website.