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Smog test fail

My car fail smog test:
HC (PPM)155
NO (PPM)753
I would just like to know if I can get advice & how to fix it, by buying parts myself I cannot afford to take it to a mechanic, I places I asked, they want to chrge to do a diagnostic, I was told at smog test station that with the (VIR)report they should be able to fix the problem

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    1994 honda civic fails smog due to high HC (PPM)how do i fix this problem?

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You need to add the codes on the vir or if the check engine light is on what codes do you have?
and always inlcude the engine size for your car
many people does question here but most of they are not ading the right information like what kind of engine and like that is hard to help

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wow, no context but i can read your mind?
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How well does the vehicle run?

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Change the fuel filter if it is over 48K miles.

Ran two or more tanks full of Chevron gas will help clean out the fuel system.

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The air fuel ratio can be off is the air filter is clogged or the mass air flow sensor give incorrect data to the computer (ECU).

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Change the oil to 20W50 or one grade higher to prevent blow by.

You current motor oil is soak with HC from blow by.

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Make sure the tires are at 32 psi

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Do the smog test is a COLD morning?

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REMOVE excess cargo off the van.

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If the HC is still high at 25 mph then you will need a professional fuel injector cleaning or replace the injectors.


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You current oil has HC from blow by though the rings.

Do a fresh oil change will lower the HC.

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Change spark plugs,wires,cap and rotor if they are over 24,000 miles
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Make the smog check appointment for the EARLY MORNING. Colder air will help the fuel burn better.

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Clean or change the air filter and pcv valve.

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Do a quick wipe down on the wires and cap to take the moisture off.

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Fill the tank to around 3/4.......just in case your fuel pump is weak.

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