Free Car Care Clinics in April

Sign car "Check engine" (computer generation image)

Sign car “Check engine” (computer generation image)

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is sponsoring free Dallas-Fort Worth area Car Care Clinics in April, where motorists can speak with a certified technician about what may be wrong with their car.

When the check engine light is lit, a vehicle won’t pass the annual Texas emissions inspection, and that means it can’t be registered. Because this “idiot light” may indicate problems with the vehicle’s emissions control system, it also means the car is emitting excess pollution into the air.

Sometimes the fix costs less than we think; something as simple as a faulty gas cap could be causing the problem. There is no obligation to repair the car—only answers to questions. Many of the clinics will also provide food, prizes and other giveaways.

NCTCOG staff will be on hand to explain the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine program. Drivers could get their car’s emission-related repairs fixed for as little as a $30 copay to pass the emissions inspection, and many people qualify for assistance.

To find a clinic nearby, visit For more information, call 817-704-5605.

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