Texas Car Inspection FAQ


Texas car inspection FAQ


State Car & Truck Emissions Testing & Inspection

With regular automobile inspections and routine emissions checks, drivers can be familiarized with any problems with their vehicles. In case your car failed to pass the inspection or the vehicle-emissions test, you will definitely know it requires some immediate attention and potentially some repair or service. Car owners must make plans for the repair work ASAP because it might endanger the reliability of the automobile and also cause significant penalties or perhaps a disqualified registration. For that reason, it is always recommended to have your vehicle inspected by a competent professional at least every 6 months to avoid all these troubles. Some frequently asked inquiries on car inspection are described below.


What is On-Board Diagnostics or OBD?

The OBD or On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II is a standardized computer system implemented in all automobiles built in and after 1996. In short, all the vehicles made in 1996 and after will certainly have an OBD system in them, which provides information records on self-diagnosis of the car often used by automotive technicians before doing any type of vehicle repair services.


Common Causes of a Failed Emissions Test

An emissions examination can fail for lots of reasons as a result of malfunctioning car components such as an injector, oxygen sensing unit, spark plugs or perhaps an EVAP system. One of the most common causes is malfunctioning injectors. Either the injectors or a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can trigger a “rich air-fuel blend” leading to an unsatisfactory emissions test result.

If your vehicle has worn-out ignition system, there is a greater chance that it might be the source of a boost in exhaust discharges. This, subsequently, can result in a failed vehicle-emissions test.

Any problem or deficiencies in the EVAP system or evaporative exhaust control system can trigger an issue in the handling of the gas vapor discharged from the vehicle resulting in atmospheric pollution.

If your car hasn’t undertaken routine maintenance and the “check engine” light is brightened on the dashboard, your vehicle might not pass the emissions test.


What Do They Check for in a Vehicle Inspection?

A licensed inspector performs a vehicle assessment at state-approved assessment stations only. This is what they will check for:

  • Front lights: headlight inspection to make sure of correct operation, no cracked lenses or lamps, lights are the proper color, are the same, and turn signals are operable.
  • Tail lights: Turn signals, marker lights, hazard lights, license plate lights, brake lights, reverse lights are operable, and no damaged taillights
  • Wheels and Tires: to examine tire problems for any type of indicators of deterioration and if there is a need for replacement
  • Mirrors: Ensure no mirrors are cracked, damaged or missing
  • Safety belt: to assess safety belt condition and make sure they are safely working or need replacing
  • Brakes: a comprehensive brake examination to ensure proper brake response and if there are any kind of brake fluid leakages
  • Horn: make sure the horn is operative
  • Assessment of suspension and shock absorbers

How Long Does A Safety Inspection Take?

Depending upon the state, city, and area where the car examinations are performed, the automobile safety inspection period may differ. Nonetheless, for a majority of cars, this process normally takes an hour to 90 minutes.


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