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Smog test: fuel evaporative controls functional...failed

Note at bottom of smog chck inspection report says, vehicle failed eva test and idle speed out of tolerance what does this mean so I can take it to a mechanic.

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Your mechanic will know. Eva= evap system, usually a vacuum leak somewhere. Vacuum leaks will also affect idle.

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