State Inspections -- Is Yours Due?

September 22nd, 2016

For years now, Pennsylvania and Delaware have mandated fairly strict safety inspections and emissions testing for vehicles. With the right preventive State Inspections in Ambler PA maintenance, your vehicle shouldn’t have any problem passing either one, but we thought you might want to know a little more about what goes into it.

First, let’s talk about safety inspections.

Safety inspection will cover items such as:

--Brakes

--Tires

--Horn

--Lights

--Glass

--Exhaust

--Suspension

Just to name a few. Unless your vehicle has worn or damaged parts, none of this should be a problem…after all, it really is for your own protection and that of everyone else on the road.

As for emissions testing, modern engine management computers control emissions output as well as fuel delivery, engine timing and all other performance/drivability functions. The Check Engine light on your dashboard is a sign that a sensor has registered a reading that is out of normal boundaries, and has registered a trouble code with your engine computer. If there’s a problem with emissions or any other performance issues, it’s a simple matter for a tech to connect a code reader/scanner to the vehicle’s diagnostic connector and quickly find the trouble codes in the computer. This gives the tech a big head start in running down the source of the problem.

NOTE: Vehicles made before model year 1996 used a different industry-standard onboard computer and diagnostic system. A different emissions standard applies for pre-1996 vehicles. If the older vehicle doesn’t pass, however, the failed sensor or part will still need to be replaced to bring it into compliance with state and federal law.

If your vehicle doesn’t pass safety or emissions inspections, you have a 30-day window in which to get the problem resolved; if you can retest within 30 days, you will not be charged a second inspection fee. After 30 days, a second fee will apply.  At United Tire & Service, we’re your go-to resource for Delaware and Pennsylvania inspections. We’re thorough and we make sure that any repairs or service are done properly so that your vehicle will pass. Just don’t forget your current registration and proof of insurance! 

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