There are two options. One involves having the Ford dealership drive your Ford F150 in-house (on a dynamometer) through a very specific drive-cycle in order to set the required emission monitors and get your Ford F150 to pass the smog check. By having Ford complete the emission monitors for you, it will eliminate you having to drive your Ford on the streets risking a ticket, but it will cost you probably 3 to 4 hours of labor (at whatever the dealerships labor charge is).
Your second option is to pay the DMV $50.00 for a 30 day Temporary Registration Tag, and drive your Ford in a drive cycle pattern we'll describe below to complete the emission monitors yourself. Please note emission monitors are at times very difficult to complete in a limited time. The drive-cycle below is not a guarantee to complete all emission monitors. California state law allows for only one incomplete monitor.
posted by SmogTips Support 06-11-12 05:35 PM