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What to Expect During a State Auto Inspection

Posted on in Oil Change

Every year thousands of vehicles come through Express Lube to receive their annual Safety Vehicle Inspection. Most customers leave happily with a new inspection sticker securely in place. Unfortunately, not everyone leaves with a smile following their annual safety inspection. As you can imagine, customers become disgruntled when notified that their vehicle has failed the annual inspection. This can easily be avoided by following a few simple guidelines before bringing your vehicle in to be inspected.

It is wise to check certain items, before making your trip to your local inspection facility. The following are some of the basic components of a State Inspection.

First, always have a copy of your vehicle’s current proof of insurance on hand. If you do not, the facility will not be able to inspect your vehicle.

Ensure that your vehicle’s headlight, signal lights, brake lights and license plate light work properly. Visually inspect your vehicle for any items not secure, such as headlights, taillights, brake lights and/or license plate light.

One of the most common problem items is the torn wiper blade. Be sure that your vehicle is equipped with functioning wiper blades and that they don't have any tears greater than 1 inch in length.

Your vehicle’s tires tread depth should be 2/32nd inch or greater with no items punctured into the tire, and each wheel needs to be equipped with all the required lug nuts.

The next step will require you to look underneath the hood. You will need to ensure that your vehicle has the proper amount of brake fluid and power steering fluid. If your vehicle’s brake fluid and/or power steering fluid is below the minimum mark on your fluid container, it will not pass. A shortage of brake fluid or power steering fluid might be indicative of a leak. This could pose a serious risk. The vehicle should be taken to a professional mechanic.

The exhaust system should be fully intact with no exhaust leaks. You may want to have an automotive facility check your vehicle for exhaust leaks if you believe one may be present. Your vehicle will not pass if an exhaust leak is present.

Lastly, be sure that your tint falls within the acceptable range mandate by the Department of Public Safety. Currently, DPS requires that a vehicle’s two front windows allow 25% light to pass through. This cannot be detected by the eye and should be measured with tint meter. A tint and alarm facility should have this available, as well as any facility offering annual vehicle safety inspections.

The guidelines for the Safety Vehicle Inspection are established by the Department of Public Safety. You can locate, review, and print off a comprehensive list of all the state’s requirements by visiting their website. CLICK HERE

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