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Larry Ellison's car's smog check fraudulent

2000-09-22 23:14:14+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

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#Comment made: 2000-09-18 22:44:04+00 by: shad0w [edit history]

Subject: smog check Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 17:19:53 -0600 From: John Hoffman <theshadow@shambala.net> To: matierandross@sfchronicle.com > But our source tells us there were a > number of conditions imposed on the > inspectors -- including an agreement > that they wouldn't photograph the car, > wouldn't disclose its location or -- get > this -- even start the engine. Hee hee. Actually, getting an automobile to pass a quantitative analysis is pretty easy; you can pull most of the smog hardware out of a car and still have it pass the test. If the car is properly tuned, it won't generate much CO or NOx, even without an EGR valve or an O2 sensor. The rub as to whether a car is emissions legal is whether all those emissions equipment are installed and operational. So as to these odd conditions placed on having the car inspected -- I don't know. Maybe he wants to keep the car as a collectible and have as few hours of operation on the engine as possible. But considering you'd need to disassemble a lot of the parts to be absolutely certain they were properly installed and not bypassed, and that actually testing wouldn't show very much, I don't think it should be a huge scandal. John Hoffman.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:19+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, in my experience the only way to fail a smog check is to have a cylinder completely missing. If he's going for collectability he could just file a certificate of non-operation and keep the thing warehoused.