Porsche Babblers  

Go Back   Porsche Babblers > Porsche Boxster and Cayman Forum > Boxster / Cayman

Boxster / Cayman Porsche Boxster and Cayman Forum - Topics and discussions about the Porsche Boxster and Cayman


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old June 19th, 2002, 05:28 PM   #1
Doug Cefali
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Boxster smog test

I brought my 00 S boxster in for a smog test and was told they could not do it. I called the dealer (Stead) and they told me you need a special tool for the tach output and then there is the visual part that requires looking at a sticker on the engine. Stead wants the car all day and $87 later I will have my test done. Is the dealer the only way you can get a smog test done? Does any one know of a smog test place in Walnut Creek or San Francisco that you can just drive in get tested and leave (like normal)?
  Reply With Quote
Old June 19th, 2002, 05:36 PM   #2
Chatter Box
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Alternatives.

The former Exxon on Ygnacio Valley (near the Citrus Center) told me they would do mine on the spot. I took it down there and they asked me how to get to the engine. At the time, I wasn't aware of the "through-the-top" method as I had just taken delivery 3 days prior (out of state delivery, trying to get it registered). Anyway, I decided it would be worth the peace of mind to let a knowledgable Porsche guy do it. I took it to Oakland Porsche and they did it within 1 hour. (Make an appointment ahead of time if you go there). I don't remember how much it cost, but it was easy and quick and worth not having to teach someone how to open up my car.
  Reply With Quote
Old June 19th, 2002, 05:46 PM   #3
Tool Pantsİ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Boxster smog test

I had mine done last year at my local smog inspection place in San Jose as my '97 was 4 years old. Patrick just had his done on his '98 as it was 4 years old at a place in Sunnyvale.

Sorry, but I do not know a place in your area. The Boxster is OBDII which has been around on all cars since '96 - nothing special about a smog inspection on a Boxster. There is no sticker on the engine. The smog sticker is on the rear trunk lid.

Jeff


  Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2002, 10:46 AM   #4
scott from belmont
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
actually just had smog done at the local oil changer type place..

they have done two land rovers for me and handled it fine. i trusted the guy to the boxster because he said he had done several and knew the sticker was in the back trunk. he also knew exactly how to lift the car and get at the engine from below.

$35 + $35 extra for the labor of using the lift, and i was outta there for about $75 total. i was fine w/ it. $87 to have the dealer do it might have been worth it. however, carlsen wouldn't do it for me. which is weird, since the car is in there now and getting $3500 of stuff fixed. stead should treat you well, we bought the car from them and were happy with them. just too far from the peninsula to go for service.

good luck,
sdg
  Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2002, 12:48 PM   #5
Doug Cefali
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Stead to do the deed.

Thanks for the responses, I dropped the car off with Stead this morning. Eric Schaeffer the service manager handled it. He seems like a really nice guy, very professional. They had a '98 tip on the rack getting a new motor. So I checked out the new motor, the old one and the empty engine compartment up close. Pretty cool. a very compact engine. It was out of warranty but he said Porsche was picking up the tab anyway. He didn't know what happened internally except that it locked up. I did notice however that the RMS was dry but the area by the oil filler assembly and surrounding motor casting was damp with oil and coated with a layer of dirt. So I would say the oil filler assembly weeps and will require cleaning every year or so.

Thanks!
  Reply With Quote
Old June 21st, 2002, 06:47 PM   #6
Catalog Guy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Heard their machine was broken

but back on line today. Did you get your smog done? Also, I was surprised to see in their shop a Hunter balancing machine!
  Reply With Quote
Old June 21st, 2002, 10:35 PM   #7
Doug Cefali
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Yup, broken

I dropped the car off at 7:30 AM and they told me to pick it up at the end of the day and I would have my cert. But of course I get a call at 4:00PM and the SM tells me the machine is broken so the tech went home. I made some calls and talked to the owner of Contra Costa Smog Test who is also a referee station. He said no problem, done lots of Boxsters. Just plug in the OBD II deal, stick the sensor in the tail pipe and that's it. He also told me I had to go to the DMV FIRST and put the car in Californias smog database. Then they could smog it. So the wife went to the DMV and slugged it out with the DMV brain trust. My Boxster came from Seattle, so it's not on the computer here in Calif. Either way it's $80 Dealer or Referee station. I'll probably go to Stead when their machine is back up. But I am a little pissed about the way they handled it and I found a small paint chip when I got the car back. Nobody else will probably ever notice the chip, but now I know where one is. But the people at Stead have been very friendly, and stuff happens.

Oh well.
  Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2002, 01:23 AM   #8
Catalog Guy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
"DMV brain trust" LOL

Where is the chip? So you think Stead did it... did you mention it to Eric?

Andrew
  Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2002, 08:05 AM   #9
Doug Cefali
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: "DMV brain trust" LOL

I didn't notice the chip until I got home. But when I bring it in for the smog test I will mention it. I am afraid that one of the downsides to these environmentally correct water based paints is brittleness. It sounds like a lot of people have chipping problems.
  Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2020, 02:21 AM   #10
Tyra Auer
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: usa
Posts: 1
Smog is mostly found in winters because of the engines and cold as it is dangerous for human if they drive in a fast speed. Smog test procedure is available in top essay writing services so that we make our vehicles safe.
Tyra Auer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  Porsche Babblers > Porsche Boxster and Cayman Forum > Boxster / Cayman



Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buying a Used Boxster (Rev 9) mikefocke Reviews 0 October 18th, 2005 02:30 PM
smog test rougebb Boxster / Cayman 12 June 8th, 2005 07:36 PM
The new Boxster and Boxster S Tom M Boxster / Cayman 2 September 14th, 2004 10:21 AM
Smog test screwup? Kerry Boxster / Cayman 3 July 21st, 2004 11:02 PM
EVO intake/1st smog test coming up... karlooz Boxster / Cayman 6 February 21st, 2003 11:23 AM

Google+


Copyright © 2001-2014 Babblers. All rights reserved.
Babblers is a Porsche Boxster and Cayman enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Porsche of Stuttgart, Germany.