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California Car Inspection FAQ

California car & truck inspection FAQ


State Car Inspection & Emissions Testing

With normal vehicle inspections and routine emissions checks, vehicle drivers can be familiarized with any issues with their cars. In case your car fails the inspection or the emissions test, you will definitely know it requires some immediate attention and potentially some repair work. Vehicle owners need to schedule the repair or service ASAP because it might jeopardize the reliability of the car and also lead to hefty penalties and even a disqualified registration. For that reason, it is always recommended to have your car checked by a competent technician at least every six months to avoid all these inconveniences. Some frequently asked inquiries on car inspection are outlined here.


What is On-Board Diagnostics or OBD?

The OBD or On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II is a standardized computer system carried out in all vehicles created in and after 1996. Simply put, all the vehicles made in 1996 and after will have an OBD system in them, which supplies information records on self-diagnosis of the vehicle commonly utilized by automotive specialists prior to doing any type of vehicle repairs.


What Are The Most Common Causes Of a Failed Emissions Test?

A car emissions examination can fail for lots of factors because of malfunctioning vehicle components such as an injector, oxygen sensing unit, spark plugs or perhaps an EVAP system. One of the more typical reasons is malfunctioning injectors. Either the injectors or a malfunctioning oxygen sensing unit can set off a “abundant air-fuel combination” bring about a poor vehicle emissions test.

If your vehicle has worn-out spark plugs, there is a higher chance that it may be the cause of a rise in exhaust discharges. This, subsequently, can result in a failed emissions test.

Any type of issue or shortages in the EVAP system or evaporative exhaust control system can cause an issue in the handling of the gas vapor released from the car leading to atmospheric pollution.

If your vehicle hasn’t gone through regular maintenance and the “check engine” light is lit up on the control panel, your vehicle might fail the vehicle-emissions test.


What Do They Check for in a Vehicle Inspection?

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

  • Front lights: headlamps evaluation to make sure of proper operation, no cracked lenses or lights, lights are the correct 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 type of indications of damage and if there is a need for replacement
  • Mirrors: Make sure no mirrors are cracked, damaged or missing
  • Seat belts: to evaluate safety belt condition and ensure they are securely working or need a replacement
  • Brakes: a comprehensive brake inspection to ensure proper brake action and if there is any brake fluid leaks
  • Horn: ensure the horn is working correctly
  • Examination of suspension and shock absorbers

How Long Does It Take To Get A Safety Inspection?

Depending on the state, city, and region where the car tests are carried out, the vehicle safety inspection duration may differ. Nonetheless, for a majority of cars, this process generally takes an hour to 90 minutes.


California Car Inspection FAQ | Mercedes-Benz Dealership Los Angeles

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