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Pass the Smog Test
To pass the smog test in California, your engine has to be running very well. Now I knew that our device helps to burn more of the fuel in the engine, and therefore make a marked change in power output, but how did they fare in a smog test?

First off, you might ask "What is smog?"  Very simply, when considering liquid fuel engines, it is unburned fuel exiting the engine to be released into the atmosphere.

The the fuel particles looked for and regulated by California emissions controls are called 'hydrocarbons' and are measured in parts per million of your exhaust.  Hydrocarbon is actually an organic compound existing in many forms of fuels and is a combination of hydrogen and carbon.

On with the smog test.  I took a seven year old Honda Civic LX with a completely stock 1.7 liter engine (other than our "Clean Turbo" device) to a California state licensed smog test shop to find out what it can do.

The results were impressive...

   Smog Test measurements            Maximum allowed

Test run at a simulated 15 MPH:
HC Parts Per Million equaled 0.     (Yes, zero.) California's maximum allowed is 64.
CO Percentage equaled 0.01. California's maximum allowed is 0.55.
NOx Parts Per Million equaled 2. California's maximum allowed is 477.

Test run at a simulated 25 MPH:
HC Parts Per Million equaled 0.    (Zero again)
California's maximum allowed is 47.
CO Percentage equaled 0.00.       (Also Zero) California's maximum allowed is 0.54.
NOx Parts Per Million equaled 41. California's maximum allowed is 764.

You can download a PDF of the smog test results here.

Well, I thought rather smugly, those are pretty good numbers for a seven year old car!  But compared to what?

How about a 10-year old car?

This 10-year old car is a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with a 4.6 liter V8 engine.  It is basically the same vehicle used for years as a standard police vehicle in America, so you've probably seen many of them.

This customer of mine has been through a progression of changes of our device in the last couple years, and had the most recent modification installed about two weeks before her bi-annual California smog test was due.

What she noticed upon the last installation was even more power and a much smoother engine over the previous design.  One of the main things she noticed was that the engine pinging had stopped completely, whereas before her engine was pinging going up a steep grade, or trying to accelerate up a light grade.

She also noticed that she always has the power she needs, with no stutter or stumble, and can usually accelerate without the transmission down-shifting.

Now, on to the smog test...  Ready for a shocker?

   Smog Test measurements            Maximum allowed

Test run at a simulated 15 MPH:
HC Parts Per Million equaled 1. California's maximum allowed is 47.
CO Percentage equaled 0.00.        (Yes, zero.) California's maximum allowed is 0.46.
NOx Parts Per Million equaled 0000.      (Zero)
California's maximum allowed is 400.

Test run at a simulated 25 MPH:
HC Parts Per Million equaled 0.    (Zero again)
California's maximum allowed is 31.
CO Percentage equaled 0.00.        (Also Zero) California's maximum allowed is 0.43.
NOx Parts Per Million equaled 0000.      (Zero) California's maximum allowed is 687.

This is a two ton, 4.6 liter V8, American car that is polluting less, or emitting less greenhouse gases, than a 4-cylinder, one ton Japanese car!!!  This is a fantastic result for us and proves that what we can do with our engine air system device in cutting greenhouse gas levels is real in a very large way.

You can download a PDF of the smog test results here.

Trouble with a California smog test?
We have had trouble with a California smog test as detailed in this email. The effected car was a 2002 Ford Escort and the email was sent on 24 May, 2011:
Dear Dan,
So I had to get my smog check.
It flunked...because the car was "too clean."
The guy said that the car computer said "running too lean" and said I had to go get the computer checked or fixed or something, but I CAN'T get my smog check approved because the car is running "too lean." This is such bullshit I can't believe it, but this must have happened with other cars. Do you have a recommendation? Cheryl just says, remove your thing and get the smog check again, but it has already registered that the computer says something. And I don't know where you installed the device anyway.

If the engine was actually running lean, it would be prone to over-heating and heavy pinging -- especially in Los Angeles where this user resides. However, this is not the case.  He told me a week after the installation that his car has 20% more power than before.

We were able to assist this user by having him remove the "Clean Turbo" before the re-test -- his car was now running acceptably dirty to pass the California smog test and get his car registered, then he replaced the "Clean Turbo" to get back his clean running, more powerful car.

Diesel engine smog test results

In November of 2009 we started a 1-year emissions test with the generous help of a trucking company in Pasay, Philippines whose owner kept immaculate records on his trucks, including emissions tests for the last 3 years.  Here are a few of the trucks we tested:

Mitsubishi 4-cylinder diesel delivery van
Isuzu 10PD V-10 diesel tractor
Isuzu 10PE V10 diesel tractor

Why the Philippines?  For years now, the Philippine government has performed mandated 'smoke tests' as part of the yearly diesel engined vehicles registrations.  Partially due to the fact that with the low economy comes demand for the cheapest fuel -- diesel -- and with that comes demand for used diesel engine replacements from Japan, China and Korea.

With that low cost mix comes very high emission output.  So, for years now the Philippine Land Transportation Office (LTO) has mandated 'smoke tests' be passed by diesel engined vehicles before the yearly registration can be completed.

The results of this 1-year test of our device in the Philippines showed an average reduction in emissions of 58% on 4 and V-10 diesel engines.

Note that a year later some of the trucks were sold off, so here are the numbers we have:

1. A four-wheel closed van – Mitsubishi Canter 4D31 - reduced emissions by 54% – from 2.24 to 1.03PPM.
2. A six-wheel tractor head – Isuzu 10PD1 - reduced emissions by 43% – from 1.07 to 0.60PPM.
3. A six-wheel tractor head – Isuzu 10PE1 - reduced emissions by 70% – from 2.40 to 0.71PPM.
4. A six-wheel tractor head – Isuzu 10PD1 - reduced emissions by 64% – from 1.75 to 0.63PPM.

Those are some VERY nice numbers if I do say so myself.  And these were on delivery vehicles that were driven every day in a wide variety of driving conditions.

As a side benifit, each driver who was asked if he noticed any change reported that the truck "felt lighter".  (Their words...)

Official "smoke belch" test results in the Philippines
The City of Muntinlupa graciously agreed to test our device in a 2005 Isuzu pickup truck with a well maintained 4-cylinder non-turbo diesel engine.  City Head of Environment, Mr. Jet Pabilonia oversaw the test.

City of Muntinlupa diesel smoke test truck
City of Muntinlupa diesel smoke test truck results
Here you can see the test vehicle and the testing unit.  The engine was running strong and the exhaust had just been cleaned two days before.
Click on the image and you will see the date, time and test results.  Note that the time of the two tests are six minutes apart from each other.

To summarize, our "Clean Turbo" device was able to reduce the smoke particle opacity from 2.35 to 1.54 -- or 35% on a clean running engine.


Mr. Pabilonia was kind enough to loan us his gear so that we could test two other trucks with our "Clean Turbo" device and here are shorter versions of the two "Without/With" results:

Smoke test reduction from 2.83 to 1.70 opacity

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Smoke test reduction from 7.58 to 2.88 opacity

As you can see, the smoke reductions  were 40% and 62% respectively.

You can see another documented reduction of 83% on our Index (or Home) page of this website in the form of the Makati "smoke belch" test results in the middle of the page.

Toyota Innova tests 0.30 in LTO "smoke belch" test
"LTO" stands for "Land Transportation Office" and is where vehicle owners in the Philippines go to register their vehicles.

A "Clean Turbo" user owning a 2009 Toyota Innova with a 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine recently completed his first Philippine "smoke belch" test in order to obtain this years (2012) vehicle registration.

A Toyota Innova is a minivan, such as the model pictured below:

Toyota Innova diesel mini-van

In the Philippines, an owner of a new vehicle needs no "smoke belch" test until the vehicle is three years old.

When he had his vehicle smog test at the test station, even the test technician was very surprised to see a result of 0.30 opacity since this usually just does not happen.  NOTE: 2.5 opacity is the failure point, and most new vehicle test results are above 1.00.

Needless to say, the owner was also very, very happy with both the performance increase and consumption decrease.

Reducing your greenhouse gases is inexpensive to do
What are your children going to be breathing in the future?

To be blunt, they are going to be breathing what comes out of your exhaust pipe.  And so will you.

If you don't change the amount of pollution that comes out of your exhaust now, you won't be able to undo it later.

It does not matter at all whether or not you believe, or have heard about 'Global Warming'.  You know that running an internal combustion engine pollutes, and that you, and your children will have to breath that pollution.

So why not lower your current vehicle's pollution?

It is a lot less expensive for you to buy a "Clean Turbo" for your engine which will reduce the greenhouse gases that it is to buy a new vehicle.  And as you can see in the above cases, our "Clean Turbo" can also be more effective!

Contact us and we'll help your vehicle reduce it's greenhouse gas emissions today!

Can a "Clean Turbo" help your vehicle pass a Smog Test?
A "Clean Turbo" can help your vehicle pass a smog test because more of your fuel will burn inside your engine rather than being spat out as pollution/greenhouse gases.

The reason why a smog test fails is that too much unburned fuel is currently exiting your engine out of your exhaust pipe.

For instance, if you have a 5-year or older car where the injectors are squirting rather than misting your liquid fuel, a "Clean Turbo" will atomize more of your fuel, allowing your engine to burn it instead of pollute it.  Your vehicle may pass a smog test on that change alone.

Normally tricks such as heating up your car before the test or running special chemicals in the fuel tank are used.  These are only needed because your car is not burning all of its fuel.  So get a "Clean Turbo", burn your fuel cleanly and you'll have a better chance at passing the smog test.  Simple, isn't it?

Contact us and we'll help your vehicle pass it's smog test!

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