EVERY time I try to pass smog, the "vw specialists" who tweek my bug so it'll pass render my bug useless. Last time it cost me $300 to get it to pass, and then another $300 to undo the damage that was done to make it pass. It's never run poorly otherwise. I get around 34 mpg, only run 91 octane, it doesn't smoke, it doesn't make people cough when I'm sitting at a light. It was flawless until getting it smogged. Now I'm stuck going through this crap again, while trying to get it to pass smog again. I need to find a VW mechanic with smog equipment who can actually keep my bug running smoothly AND pass smog. Any suggestions? (and PLEASE don't say ShadeTree in SC. After they worked on it two years ago, I couldn't even get it to run long enough to park it on the other side of the street for street sweeping.)
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The only thing that I can suggest is what was suggested to me by a mechanic up here in Ontario.  First; does your car have a catalytic converter?  If the answer is yes, when you go to do your smog test have the bug thoroughly warmed up. Catalytic converters are not at their best until the honeycomb is damned near red hot.  It is that action which cooks out the pollutants.  Getting into the car and driving around the corner to the test facility or leaving it there until it cools down and then just driving it into the shop nearly guarantees a failure.  What you really need is legislators who understand the limitations that come with collector cars.  Up here and in many jurisdictions these oldsters do not have to pass any smog test - they wouldn't have a prayer to begin with and with them being driven for very limited durations they are not the source of our collective pollution problems.  While I was in Arizona last year, their state government came to this very conclusion much to the relief of the many owners of classic cars in that beautiful part of the continent.   Dan (MY72BUG) in Goderich, Ont.
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