Surprising Issues That Could Cause Your Vehicle to Fail Your Next Inspection

In Texas, it is required by law that your vehicle is insured, the registration is current, and that your vehicle is inspected on a regular basis (in most cases, yearly) to ensure it is safe and roadworthy – for you as well as for other drivers on the road.

Some of the most common issues that cause inspections to fail can be assessed (and fixed if necessary) before your inspection is due. These items include:

  • Windshield Wipers – your wipers should have a flexible rubber blade (not hardened), be free of rips and tears, and make full contact with the windshield.
  • Brakes – If drums, rotors, or brake pads are less than the manufacturers established limits, your car could fail the inspection. Your Parking Break also needs to be in good working order.
  • Bulbs – All exterior lights (brake lights – including your rear middle break light, high and low beam headlights, license plate bulbs, and turn signals) need to be working properly. For interior lights, if your Check Engine or Maintenance Required bulb is illuminated, your vehicle will not pass inspection.
  • Horn – The horn, which is considered a safety feature, needs be in good working order emitting a sound that is audible for a distance of 200 feet or more.
  • Tires – All tires (except for the spare) need to be for highway use, pass a visual inspection, and pass a thread depth test with thread measuring above 1/16 of an inch in order to pass.
  • Window Tinting – The front driver and passenger windows must have at least 25% light transmittance, and the tint cannot be red or amber in color.

Here are other areas assessed during inspections that need to be in good working order: mirrors, seatbelts, gas caps, steering mechanism, wheel assembly, and for some counties in Texas (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Johnson, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant, El Paso, Travis, Williamson, and the Houston area counties of Montgomery, Harris, Ft. Bend, Brazoria, and Galveston) your exhaust and emissions system.

Whether your car passes the inspection or not, you are required to pay for the inspection service, so it just makes sense to take a moment to review the above mentioned items prior to getting your car officially inspected. Kwik Kar in Flower Mound is an Official Vehicle Inspection Station, so if you have any questions at all, come on by and we’ll get you the answers you need, as well as your required inspection service. We’ll see you soon!

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