Flunked CAL SMOG pretest!
I have a '94 Ford Escort, 1.9 L.
I barely flunked the smog pretest. The HC was only 7 ppm. too high!
So I put in new Champion plugs, the old ones were tan-white, nothing serious, just the gaps had widened, and plugs were old.
Before I did this, the low idle was a bit sluggish, and uneven, and the smog guy had trouble getting it to hold steady.
Since the new plugs, idle is steadier. Cleaned PCV, air cleaner OK. I ran "guaranteed to pass" w a full tank of Chevron gas beforehand.
I would like to check the gas filter, but I think I would have to raise the car to get to it, hassle.
Do you think it will pass now? Deadline is Oct. 22, I am on the DMV sticker, which they charged me $ 50 for!
Or should I do more things?