Frequently Asked Questions

AutoCheck Vehicle Emissions Program by the Pollution Prevention Partnership

Who is AutoCheck?

What is AutoCheck?

Can AutoCheck do my manadatory emissions test for another county?

Where is AutoCheck?

Why is there an AutoCheck program?

When and where is the next AutoCheck event?

How can I schedule an AutoCheck event for my school/company/community organization?


Who is AutoCheck?

AutoCheck is a program offered by the Pollution Prevention Partnership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. AutoCheck a Supplemental Environmental Program (SEP) performed with penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) enforcement action.

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What is AutoCheck?

AutoCheck is a program that tests vehicle emissions for hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. When a vehicle is found to have high exhaust emissions the owner is given a voucher to take the vehicle for a checkup at one of our certified auto shops. Mechanics will thoroughly check the vehicle and determine the problem. The shop reports the problem to AutoCheck personnel who can authorize and pay up to $600 of the recommended emissions related repairs.repairs over $600 are at the digression of the vehicle owner. Once the vehicle is repaired a post repair test is conducted to document the reduction in emissions. 

AutoCheck also checks vehicle gas cap pressure seals to determine if the cap is allowing fuel vapors to vent to the atmosphere. If the cap is determined to be leaking the owner is provided a voucher for a replacement cap. AutoCheck checks vehicle tires to ensure proper inflation and instructs owners on proper tire inflation.

Another part of the AutoCheck program is to inform and educate the public on ways to reduce pollution emitted from their vehicles. This is accomplished through participation in community events with displays to show the effects of dirty air filters, leaky gas caps, under-inflated tires, and improperly running engines.

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Can AutoCheck do my manadatory emissions test for another county?

No. AutoCheck does not qualify as an official emissions inspection for vehicles registerd in other counties where emissions testing is mandatory. The closest countythat has these inspections is Fort Bend. See the Texas Inspection Station locator here.

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Where is AutoCheck?

AutoCheck serves Nueces and San Patricio counties. Events are held regularly year round. 

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Why is there an AutoCheck program?

AutoCheck is a pro-active program to improve air quality in the Coastal Bend. The goal of AutoCheck is to reduce pollution and to maintain compliance with national air quality standards.

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When and where is the next AutoCheck event?

AutoCheck events are scheduled throughout the year in various locations. Information about an AutoCheck event can be obtained by calling the AutoCheck InfoLine at (361) 825-3700 or on the web at http://autocheck.tamucc.edu.

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How can I schedule an AutoCheck event for my school/company/community organization?

Contact Vehicle Emissions Program Coordinator Trent Thigpen: phone (361) 825-3070 or e-mail at trent.thigpen@tamucc.edu.

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