Texas Vehicle Inspection FAQ

Texas vehicle inspection FAQ


State Car & Truck Emissions Testing & Inspection

With normal vehicle inspections and periodic emissions checks, drivers can be made aware of any mechanical problems with their vehicles. In case your car failed to pass the inspection or the vehicle-emissions test, you will definitely know it is ready for some prompt attention and potentially some repair work. Vehicle owners must make plans for the repair ASAP because it might endanger the reliability of the vehicle and even lead to significant fines or perhaps an invalidated registration. Therefore, it is always advised to have your vehicle inspected by a competent professional at least every 6 months to avoid all these troubles. Some commonly asked inquiries on automobile inspection are described here.


What is On-Board Diagnostics?

The OBD or On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II is a standardized computer system applied in all automobiles constructed in and after 1996. Simply put, all the vehicles made in 1996 and after will certainly have an OBD system in them, which offers information reports on self-diagnosis of the vehicle commonly used by automotive service technicians before performing any type of automobile repair services.


Common Causes of a Failed Emissions Test

A car emissions test can fail for several factors as a result of malfunctioning car components such as an injector, oxygen sensing unit, spark plugs and even an EVAP system. One of the most typical reasons is defective injectors. Either the injectors or a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can trigger a “abundant air-fuel blend” resulting in a disappointing vehicle emissions test.

If your automobile has a worn-out ignition system, there is a higher chance that it may be the cause of an increase in exhaust discharges. This, subsequently, can result in a failed vehicle-emissions examination.

Any type of problem or shortages in the EVAP system or evaporative exhaust control system can trigger a problem in the handling of the gas vapor discharged from the vehicle resulting in atmospheric pollution.

If your automobile hasn’t gone through routine maintenance and the “check engine” light is lit up on the control panel, your vehicle may not clear the emissions test.


What Do They Check for in a Car Inspection?

An accredited inspector carries out a car inspection at state-approved assessment stations only. This is what they will look for:

  • Headlights: front lights check to make sure of proper operation, no broken lenses or lamps, lights are the right shade, are identical, 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 check tire conditions for any signs of wear and tear and if there is a need for replacement
  • Mirrors: Make sure no mirrors are broken, broken or missing
  • Safety belt: to analyze seat belts’ condition and ensure they are securely operating or need a replacement
  • Brakes: a thorough brake inspection to ensure proper brake action and if there is any brake fluid leakages
  • Horn: ensure the horn is operative
  • Evaluation of suspension and shock absorbers

How Long Does It Take To Get A Safety Inspection?

Depending upon the state, city, and region where the car tests are conducted, the automobile safety inspection duration might vary. However, for a majority of cars, this process usually takes an hour to 90 minutes.


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