INSPECTIONS & EMISSIONS


Vehicle Inspection Services at Leo's Auto Care

In certain states, routine safety inspections and emissions assessments are mandated for automobiles and trucks. At Leo's Auto Care, our team is not only well-equipped but also trained to execute these inspections. Our skilled technicians can also perform comprehensive multi-point inspections on your vehicles as required.



These are some of the inspection services we offer.


NC State Inspection Station
NC state inspection stations are privately owned establishments, certified by the government, that administer state inspections across NC. Leo's Auto Care is recognized as an NC state inspection station. If you require a state inspection, we invite you to visit our auto shop or contact us at 704-521-4976.

Exhaust Related FAQs

What is a rough idle?
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.

Can you put any exhaust on any car?
Not every exhaust will fit every car. Compatibility isn't just about car make and model; engine specs, optional extras, and even trim levels can influence the fit. Make sure you consider not just the make and model, but also engine details, fancy extras, and even trim levels before getting your heart set on a shiny new system.

Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?
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 FAQs

Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?
A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At Leo's Auto Care we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in Charlotte, Gastonia, Concord and Pineville. 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.

What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?
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.

What happens to your car after the catalytic converter gets taken?
Removing the catalytic converter has a dramatic impact on your vehicle's acoustics. A deep, loud roar replaces the engine's usual hum, intensifying as you accelerate. Additionally, expect rough transitions and sputtering sounds when shifting gears, indicating impaired performance and potential engine damage.

To learn more about our Inspection and Emission services, call us at 704-521-4976 or request a quote by clicking below:


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12/14/2022

Excellent Team and ownership. Very Honest and Money Savers!!! Had my vehicle inspected and all feedback was complete honestly provided!!!



04/30/2022

Good place to go to fix cars and get inspection.




Reviews

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The staff and service at Leo’s Auto Care are truly unrivaled. They are so professional, kind, and knowledgeable. I had the best experience getting an inspection done here and they were incredibly fast as well! Highly recommend their establishment for your auto needs.

, 02/12/2024

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I came here based on the reviews and they didn't lie. Both the gentlemen I worked with were kind and sweet and especially the younger fellow. I don't hope to have future car issues but if I do I will come back :)

, 12/02/2023

My experience with Leo's Auto Care was a relief. The professional and compassionate nature of the workers was so helpful. The diagnosis of the problem was made. My brakes were repaired in a few moments. The customer service was excellent. I left feeling that my problem was solved. I know that I will return for car service.....no doubt!

, 11/03/2023

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