Your problem could be many things. You need to do a little diagnosis. When it won't run does it have fuel pressure? Does it have spark? Are the fuel injectors firing? Answering these basic questions should lead you to the problem.
Yeah, just the head gasket issue with the V6, but by now it should being taken care of or not going to happen.
Other maybe under powered and sucks gas. No issue with that then you are good to go.
I got my start busting tires and doing oil changes at a local repair shop. I worked hard for my employer and eventually he sent me to automotive repair school (He paid) and soon I was doing under hood repairs, brakes, maintenance and related repairs. Soon I was doing diagnostic work, had all my ASE Certifications and was earning much more money. 25 years later I am managing a store and looking to buy my own facility. Hard work is the key, a good work ethic is more valuable to an employer than knowledge. Knowlege can be taught and will come with experience. Good luck to you.
I know your problem your car and mechanic are both foreign. get a domestic car like chevy. duh
In CA its every two years. Go to dmv.org click on your state, type in smog certificate in their search box and it should answer this for you.
Seems DMV goofed:
Question them with the proof you had it completed last year.
We don't recommend doing this conversion. It will pose great difficulty when attempting to pass the California Smog Check. Engine changes continue to present problems and challenges to car owners and technicians. Here are some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow.
When rebuilding an engine, it must be rebuilt to the original equipment specifications. However, if you do decide to change the engine, these guidelines must be observed to ensure that the vehicle will be eligible for smog certification or registration.
Remember, these are guidelines for performing engine changes -- not certification procedures. All exhaust emission controlled vehicles with engine changes must be inspected by an official referee station and must have a Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Vehicle Identification Label affixed to the doorpost.
Remember also, state and federal anti-tampering laws generally prohibit any modification to the vehicle's original emission control system configuration as certified by the manufacturer. And, Section 3362.1 of the California Code of Regulations prohibits any engine change that degrades the effectiveness of a vehicle's emission control system.
SHOULD YOU WANT TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR ENGINE CHANGE...
- California Certification
A federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified (federal or 49-state) engine cannot be used in a vehicle that was originally certified for California.
- Certification Standards
Make sure the engine and emission control configuration on exhaust - controlled vehicles are certified to the year of the vehicle or newer, and to the same or a more stringent new vehicle certification standard.
Don't mix engine and vehicle classifications which will degrade the emissions certification standards. For example, a heavy-duty engine cannot be installed in a light-duty exhaust-controlled chassis even if they have the same displacement. Non-emissions controlled power plants such as industrial or off-road-use-only engines may not be placed in any exhaust-controlled vehicle.
- Computer Controls
If a computer-controlled engine is installed in a non-computerized vehicle, the "CHECK ENGINE" light, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) diagnostic link, and all sensors, switches, and wiring harnesses needed to make the system fully functional must also be installed.
- Emission Control Configuration
Mixing and matching emission control system components could cause problems and is generally not allowed. Engine and emission control systems must be in an engine-chassis configuration certified by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The engine must meet or exceed the requirements for the year and class of vehicle in which it is installed.
- Emission Warranty
Voiding the vehicle manufacturer's emission warranty is not allowed.
- Engine Modifications
No internal or external engine modifications (cams, pistons, intakes, etc.) may be performed unless the parts are ARB-exempted or EPA-certified for use in the installed engine. Use the database on this site to search for aftermarket parts covered by ARB Executive Orders.
- Original Equipment
The installed engine and host chassis must retain all of their original emission control equipment. Diesel-to-gasoline conversions must have all gasoline engine and chassis emission control systems installed (such as fill pipe restrictor, catalytic converter and evaporative emission system).
- Smog Inspection
These vehicles must pass a complete smog inspection (visual, functional, and tailpipe).
This information is directly from the BAR. We posted this because of how stringent they are on engine changes. It is difficult for us to determine legal engine changes.
NOTE: After the swap is complete, the vehicle will have to be inspected by a California State Referee. The Referee will insure that the job was done properly and that the new engine does not pollute. If all is well they will issue you a BAR label which will be placed somewhere on your vehicles chassis which will be an indication that the vehicle is California legal.
In this case we also recommend you speak directly with a State Referee before beginning any work. You can contact the referee by calling (800)622-7733.
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