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Old 10-03-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Do smog stations ALWAYS check for a working Check Engine Light? Mine is burned out and on an 1998 F-150 it is a major hassle to change the bulb. You have to remove just about the whole instrument panel. (This is a California Forum and not an Automotive Forum question.)
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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It's a requirement that they check if the light is on. If it is, no test.

I'm not sure if there is a way to test for a burnt out bulb, I guess there is, but I can't imagine that anyone would see a "clean" CEL and still want to assure themselves that it was a bulb failure.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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The test only station I use will verify operation when they turn the key to on...

He said some people have disabled the light and that is a fail.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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^^This.

When you turn the key to the accessory position, all the warning lights come on to show that they are working. Smog technicians are supposed to check this.
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