Overview of the Texas State Inspection
Eric’s Car Care in Houston, Texas, is a designated facility for the Texas state inspection. It is part of the state’s efforts to comply with safety standards and clean air requirements mandated by the federal government. The inspection is required annually for all Texas registered vehicles that are two to 24 years old; a passing grade is a must to obtain an initial vehicle registration or registration renewal. There are two components to the inspection: a general safety check and an emissions test. However, not all vehicles are required to have both performed. For example, diesel-powered vehicles and motorcycles are exempt from the emissions test but will still need to undergo a safety inspection. If your vehicle is registered in or operated in one of the emissions counties (listed below), it will receive the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) test. If you have questions about the designated counties or would like further information where your vehicle falls in terms of which inspection it requires, please call us at 713-667-9293.
What Gets Checked During the Safety Inspection?
The reasoning for the safety evaluation in the state inspection is to confirm that all included parts are in optimal condition. Exterior components include the windshield wipers, mirrors, headlights, taillights, stop lamps, gas caps, and license plate lamps. Inside, the seat belts, horn, and window tinting are examined. Numerous mechanical systems are also assessed: the steering system, wheel assembly, brakes, and exhaust. The components that get reviewed during a safety state inspection vary from vehicle to vehicle, ranging from passenger cars and light-duty trucks to school buses and motorhomes. A motorhome inspection adds clearance lamps, side marker lamps, and side reflectors, for example. Our ASE-certified technicians follow a strict checklist that accounts for the necessary items based on your vehicle type. If an item does not pass the test, we can discuss the next steps for rectifying the issue here in our Med. Center auto shop at 6950 Kirby Drive, less than a mile from Texas Medical Center, and less than two miles from NRG Stadium.
What Gets Checked During the Emissions Inspection?
The emissions portion of the Texas state inspection is more complex and involved. All vehicles that are 1996 model year and newer will receive the OBD-II test, which scans the engine, exhaust, fuel system, and ignition, and analyzes if each is in proper working order. The first step is confirming the vehicle’s Data Link Connector (DLC) operates as intended. From there, our technicians will attach one of our diagnostic tools to the DLC and gather the information in your car’s OBD-II system. If there is an underlying issue with one of the systems, it will notify our team with a trouble code. Note that your vehicle will not pass the test if this occurs, but after the issue is fixed, we can re-inspect it. The Texas counties that require emissions testing as part of the Texas state inspection include Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Travis, Williamson. Texas also offers waivers and extensions for select and eligible vehicle owners, to which we can discuss the details with you in person here at Eric’s Car Care.