Air Care Colorado: News Flash


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Limited testing at
the Golden Station
due to construction.

We are adding
a second AWD
testing lane!!!

Is your 
"Check Engine"
light on?

If it's lit,
don't ignore it!



Air Care Colorado: Facts at a Glance

AC_home_Image.jpgWheel Size: Rims smaller than 17 inches or larger than 34 inches and wheels (measured from the top of the tire to the ground) larger than 34 inches cannot be safely tested on the dynamometer. Wheels can be measured at the station if there is a question regarding size.

2015 Program Changes

Air Care Colorado Emission Test

Welcome to AirCare Colorado

Vehicle emissions testing is part of the state of Colorado's overall strategy to improve air quality in and around Denver, Boulder and the North Front Range. Vehicles are one of the largest contributors to harmful air pollution that leads to adverse health effects. The testing program is designed to reduce those pollutants including harmful ozone emissions. To find the answers to specific questions choose from the menus above, or visit our search our site.

HOURS:       Mon. to Fri. 8 am to 5:30 pm & Sat. 8 am to 1 pm
PAYMENT:  1982 & newer: $25  1981 & older: $15  VIN Verfications: $20
(Please, NO temporary checks or checks with address different from ID.) 

**Electric & hybrid electric vehciles are exempt from testing. 



June is Colorado Bike Month, Get Pedaling!

Colorado Bike Month

June is Bike Month. BIKE TO WORK DAY is June 25.

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Colorado is a premiere bicycling state. To celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun and health, Colorado has designated each June as Bike Month. At the same time, Colorado joins a nationwide effort to encourage cycling novices and enthusiasts to experience the fun and freedom of safely riding a bike to work, school, errands and recreation

While there will be many events around the state throughout the month, the highlight of the month is Bike to Work Day when employees leave their cars at home and enjoy bicycling to work. The number of Bike to Work Day participants has risen steadily since 1995, and due to the popularity of bicycling in Colorado that trend is expected to continue this year.

To learn more about the benefits of bicycling to work, school and errands, please click here.


Check Engine Light – Saving Your Vehicle And The Environment One Light At a Time

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Often people believe an illuminated check engine light is just an electrical malfunction. In reality, a check engine light is one of the most effective and critical signs that your vehicle is functioning improperly. When illuminated, a check engine light alerts you to a variety of existing potential problems.

The check engine light is part of your vehicle's onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. The OBD system constantly monitors your vehicle's major operating systems most importantly, the engine and transmission. The primary purpose of monitoring these systems is to insure the vehicle is operating at top efficiency with the lowest possible emissions (

There are many reasons behind an illumined check engine light. The most common malfunctions that can cause the check engine light to illuminate include a loose gas cap, a faulty oxygen or mass airflow sensor, and worn down spark plugs and wires.

Because an illuminated check engine light can be potentially hazardous to your vehicle and the environment, it is important to visit an OBD certified technician within a couple days of the light going on. If the light is flashing, the condition is more urgent and should be checked immediately. 

A technician will plug a computer into your vehicle, genreally located underneath the dashboard on the driver's side, 

so the device can read the codes from your car's computer system. From the test, the check engine light codes tell your technician whether there is something wrong and points him or her in the right direction (

A check engine light isn’t necessarily a sign of costly repairs, but it is an important part of your OBD system to insure optimal vehicle functionality, personal safety and environmental safety.


Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado Poster Contest Winners a Talented Bunch

We think everyone can agree that the winners of this year's Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado poster contest have amazing talent.

Students in grades 1 through 8 were challenged to learn a little about their age group's clean air theme - there were four - and then to depict that theme in an original artwork poster.  100 entrants rose to the challenge in spectacular form.  The artwork was so well done in fact, that there were two first place winners in the 3rd and 4th grade category!  The winners each received a new bicycle, helmet and water bottle, and a Radio Disney rally at their schools.* And, each winner's school was awarded a $1,000 grant for an environmental initiative of the school's choosing.  The submissions were evaluated on the use of the Air Quality (theme) message, the visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.

And the winners are...

1st & 2nd Grade category theme -  Put a Cap on Ozone!  Broken or missing gas caps can allow up to 30 gallons of gasoline to evaporate per year.

Winner: Paige, 2nd grade



3rd & 4th Grade category theme - Stop at the Click!  If you help out by filling the family car with gas, you might be tempted to put just a little extra in after the gas pump clicks off, or you might see your mom or dad do this.  Don't.  It's bad for the car and bad for the air.

Winner: Chayse, 4th grade



Winner: Vishva, 3rd grade



5th & 6th Grade category theme - Engines Off!  When your parents are waiting to pick you up from school or soccer practice, leaving their car running creates nasty pollution, as well as wastes gas.

Winner: Julie, 5th grade



7th & 8th Grade category theme - Maintenance Matters!  Keeping up with your car maintenance is not only important to keeping your car running, but also to protecting our air.

Winner: Rae, 7th grade