Some states require regular safety inspections and/or emissions inspections on cars and trucks. At Mike's Motor Zone, we are well-equipped and trained to perform these inspections. Our technicians can also perform multi-point inspections on your vehicles as needed.
These are some of the inspection services we offer.
PA State Certified Emissions Repair Facility
A state certified emissions repair facility is a privately owned motor vehicle repair facility, licensed to repair emission-related failures. The repair facility must employ a CERT (Certified Emissions Repair Technician) who has passed a state-required training program. Mike's Motor Zone is a PA state certified emissions repair facility. Contact us at 717-392-6453 or visit us today for emission-related repairs and services.
PA State Certified Emissions Test Facility
Did you know that the Motor Vehicle Commission requires you to take your motor vehicle for an emissions inspection every year? This kind of testing is administered through a network of privately owned (but certified) auto repair shops. The auto repair shops carry their official Test Center number. Mike's Motor Zone is a PA state certified emissions test facility. At our auto repair shop, we can perform emissions testing on all eligible vehicles regardless of fuel type or model year. Visit our shop or call us at 717-392-6453 to make an appointment.
PA State Inspection Station
PA state inspection stations are privately owned, but government certified, inspection stations throughout PA. Mike's Motor Zone is a PA state inspection station. For your state inspection needs visit or call our auto shop at 717-392-6453.
Exhaust Questions and Answers
Q: What is a rough idle?A: A rough idle describes a vehicle's engine with spark plugs that are not firing correctly when the vehicle is in park, with no gas applied. Most vehicles idle between 600 and 1,200 RPM and should hold their idle speed consistently.
Q: Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?A: The most common reason for thick smoke coming out of your car's exhaust pipe is the fuel to air ratio in your engine is too rich. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This is caused by a cracked or leaking fuel injector, a failing O2 sensor, or air filter that needs replacing.
Catalytic Converter Questions and Answers
Q: Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?A: A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At Mike's Motor Zone we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in Lancaster, Lyndon, West Lancaster and Bausman. Exhaust gases will not escape easily and create an increase in exhaust gas pressure. The buildup in pressure can lead to high-cost repair bills in the future.
Q: What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?A: A catalytic converter helps reduce harmful engine emissions from entering the air by breaking down the harmful byproduct of internal combustion into less-harmful compounds. If your catalytic converter isn't working properly the check engine light will come on. The most common causes for a catalytic convert warning light to display are a clogged, cracked or melted converter. Sometimes the problem isn't the catalytic converter at all but an exhaust leak letting gases out of the system before it reaches the converter.
This was my first time using Mikes Motor Zone. I was very impressed from the beginning of my visit to the end. My PA inspection was thorough and even came with a detailed report with pictures. They even have a rewards program, which shows how much they value their customers. I have already recommended this place to a couple people and will continue giving them my business. Keep up the great work!Jenna English
Inspection, oil change and friendly business...You Have lost it
Mike's Motor Zone took care of my 2016 4Runner. State Inspection, Oil change, cabin filter, and resolved a rattle. The visit was convenient, the inspection report with pictures was great. I could pay by text. I always thought they just sold great cars. But they offer the same expertise for service and repair for my existing vehicles.Adam Kushner
Husnain Sajid, 09/25/2023
Very Professional, and polite. Great service.