INSPECTIONS & EMISSIONS
Vehicle Inspection Services at Wicke Auto Service and Body Co.
In certain states, routine safety inspections and emissions assessments are mandated for automobiles and trucks. At Wicke Auto Service and Body Co., 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.
MO State Certified Emissions Repair Facility
A state-certified emissions repair facility is a privately owned motor vehicle repair establishment licensed to address emissions-related malfunctions. Such a repair facility must employ a CERT (Certified Emissions Repair Technician) who has successfully completed a state-mandated training program.
Wicke Auto Service and Body Co. takes pride in being a MO state certified emissions repair facility. You can contact us at 314-533-0339 or visit our establishment for emissions-related repairs and services.
MO State Certified Emissions Test Facility
Did you know that the Motor Vehicle Commission obliges you to undergo an annual emissions inspection for your motor vehicle? This essential testing is carried out through a network of privately owned (yet certified) auto repair shops, each bearing their official Test Center number.
As a MO state certified emissions test facility, we are fully qualified to conduct emissions testing for all eligible vehicles, irrespective of fuel type or model year. You are welcome to either visit our shop or call us to schedule an appointment.
MO State Inspection Station
MO state inspection stations are privately owned, but government certified, inspection stations throughout MO. Wicke Auto Service and Body Co. is a MO state inspection station for vehicles and motorcycles. For your state inspection needs visit or call our auto shop at 314-533-0339.
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 Wicke Auto Service and Body Co. we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in St. Louis, Wellston, Clayton and Richmond Heights. 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.
Friendly people and great service. I needed to get my ID/OD inspections for the DMV and they helped me avoid some unnecessary costs and got it done for a reasonable price. Another time, I nearly ran out of air in my tires during the winter trying to use a subpar gas station air device and with a quick call to Wicke they remedied the situation in 5 minutes.CreatorRedA
Amazing! I came in at opening for an emissions test and they were able to squeeze me in that morning itself. Everything was quick and easy. Staff were helpful/friendly. Will be going back!Sarah Jacob
My wife and I have been going to Wicke for the past 8 years. At each encounter they have gone above and beyond in professionalism, transparency, and promptness. Today I took a car in for an emission inspection, and Jeff was outstanding and helpful when unexpected issues were found. He made multiple phone calls to resolve my problem, even going so far as calling MO GVIP in my defense! I cannot say enough good things about Jeff, and my wife and I are so grateful to have the Wicke team to take care of our cars!Ian Ross