Anatomy of a California Smog Check BAR Level 1 & 2 Training has been written for California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) certified instructors to be utilized in BAR Level 1 and Level 2 Smog Inspector training courses. This book can also be used for any candidate to prepare for the California State exam to become a licensed Smog Inspector.
In addition, it is a good read for any consumer wanting to learn more about the California Smog Check program.
The authors have spent many years writing and developing exams for automotive training curriculum including State of California licensing exams as certified BAR instructors.
About the Authors
Knowing and becoming a Smog Check Inspector
Qualifications and Duties of a Smog Check Inspector
Level 1 Training - Engine and Emission Controls Fundamentals
Experienced candidates may skip Level 1 training if they meet any of the following requirements
Level 2 Training - Smog Check Procedures
It’s Your Duty!
I can see the air
I can see clearly now…Well, maybe NOT
Do I Really Have to Explain Safety?
Vehicle safe to inspect. Am I safe?
Personally, I’d like you to stay away from your vehicle
The older I get, the more it hurts to fall
Heed These Stories
Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow.
Rotary Engines…Just had to be Different
Conventional Ignition Systems
Electronic Ignition System
Distributorless Ignition Systems
Coil Over Plug
Carburetors, Overpriced Paperweight
Throttle Body Injection, Throttle my What
Manifold absolute Pressure Sensor (MAP)
Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
Oxygen Sensor (O₂)
Engine Coolant Temperature sensor (ECT)
Fuel Injection, nothing more to say
Forced Air Induction
Single or Dual action
Black, Blue, White, or Grey…neither one is Good
Too Hot to Be Cool
A Cooling System in a Nutshell
The Thermostat controls Emissions, What???
If only I Knew how to Cool off
Fundamentals of electricity
You Can’t Electromotive Force me
That was Intensity
I am the Resistance
Putting it all Together
Parallel circuit laws
God’s Gift to the Automotive World
Readiness Monitor Types
Make Sure to Remove the Tape
ALDL or DLC, What’s with all the Acronyms
OBDII Functional Test
When it Looks Like a Duck
VECI Labels (under-hood)
When it’s not a Duck (BAR Label)
You got Refer’ed
Crankcase Ventilation, because breathing is good
Fuel Evaporative can be Stinky
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
Thermostatic Air Cleaner (TAC)
Air Injection (AIR, PAIR)
Ignition Spark Controls (SPK)
Catalytic Converter (OC, TWC, WU-TWC)
Diesel Catalyst Converters
Oxygen Sensor (O₂, HO₂, A/F)
Air Fuel Ration Sensor
Gasoline and Diesel
Dorothy Anderson started her career in automotive when she began studying automotive technology at a local community college in 2003. She has achieved ASE certification, including Advance Engine Performance (L1), and as a California licensed Smog Inspector and Repair Technician. Dorothy is also a certified California Bureau of Automotive Repair Instructor and a Subject Matter Expert.
Dorothy became an educator in 2008 at a local community college teaching and mentoring students in automotive technology. She earned an Associate of Science degree in Automotive Technology from Mt. San Jacinto Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in Career Technical Education from California State University-San Bernardino.
In 2014, Dorothy earned tenure at the College of the Desert where she currently enjoys teaching and guiding her students to be successful. She completed her master’s degree in Career Technical Education at California State University-San Bernardino in Spring of 2022.
Mark Ellison started his career in automotive in 1983. Mark worked as an automotive service and repair technician including management positions for 18 years and achieved ASE Master Certification, including Advance Engine Performance (L1), Alternative Fuels (F1), as well as California Bureau of Automotive Repair licensed Smog Inspector and Repair technician.
Mark became an automotive educator in 1996 as a trainer for a franchise, private schools, and for local community colleges and has a degree in Automotive Technology. Mark is also a certified California Bureau of Automotive Repair instructor and a Subject Matter Expert.
Mark took a position with the California Smog Check Referee program in the year 2000 and has retired from that position after 22 years of service and continues to educate automotive students and technicians today.