Are you a car owner in Maryland? Are you ready for this year’s vehicle safety inspections? Well, if your car fails in the safety inspection, you’ll not be issued with the Maryland Inspection Certificate. You’ll also face a lot of bumps down the road if you decide to sell the car.
A failed inspection may also result in high repair costs and time wastage. You may also be ticketed for driving a vehicle that failed a safety inspection. It may also lead to more fees for re-inspections and other related costs. So how can you prepare for vehicle safety inspections? Here’s how.
Car lights are very important. The first thing you need to do is check your directional signals, tail lights, headlights, as well as the hazard flashers are working correctly. Seeing and being seen are important requirements for the safety of public road users. If any of them needs repair or replacement, you can visit Advanced AutoCare to have it fixed.
Are your brakes working? Inspect the brakes to ensure there is adequate lining on the pads. If they are worn too low, consider having them replaced. Also, check the drums for wear indicators. But don’t stop there. Inspect the brake master cylinder also to ensure there are no leaks. If there are leaks, the breaks won’t be able to hold your car's weight on an incline.
Check the steering system to ensure it’s in good working condition. If you hear clunking sounds, it’s time to repair or replace some parts of the steering system. If you are unable to ascertain that it is working correctly, you can visit Advanced AutoCare and have it checked.
While inspecting the steering system, make sure you check the suspension system. The suspension system should be firm; if you press down sharply each corner of your car, it should bounce once. If it bounces more than once or any other kind of play pattern, the ball joints or suspension bushings are probably too old and worn out. You will need to replace them.
The rubber hoses in the fuel system can tear or develop cracks over time. Check all those rubber hoses to ensure they are in good working condition. Do you smell gasoline when you get into your vehicle? Well, there could be a fuel leak, which could cause a fire or explosion. Make sure it’s fixed.
Check your tires to ensure they have adequate tread. Also, make sure there are no cracks, rotting, or any other kind of tear that can cause blowouts.
Make sure the seats are solidly anchored to the floor. Also, don’t forget to inspect your seat-belts and make sure they are not damaged. It is also important to check the airbags for any damage.
Make sure there are no leaks in your exhaust system. Leaks can cause poisonous carbon monoxide to enter into the passenger compartment. If you didn’t know, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death or serious health problems that may be difficult or expensive to treat.
There are more tips that can help you get ready for vehicle safety inspections. However, the ones highlighted are more effective and time-tested. Apply them. If your car needs inspection or repair, contact us at Advanced AutoCare right away.
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