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State Emission & Safety Inspections

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Texas State Emission and Safety Inspections

Many states in the United States mandate periodic vehicle safety and emission inspection. Texas does not stay behind. These inspections are governed by each state individually and can vary greatly in standard from one state to another. If you are in a state that requires a state inspection – Starkey Service Center can help! All cars older than 1995 are mandated by state law to have an Emissions Test along with a Safety Inspection. There are some cases where only SAFETY is required such as if the vehicle is diesel driven or is older than the year 1995. When it comes to keeping your car running reliably and safely as well as in an environmentally-friendly fashion, pick up the phone and reach out to our experienced team!

Safety Inspection on a Passenger Car/Light Truck

Items of Inspection for Every Passenger Car: (Inspection Requirements will vary per vehicle – These are the most common listed in suggested order of inspection)
  • *Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility
  • Horn
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Mirror
  • Steering
  • Seat Belts
  • Brakes (system) (Parking – beginning with 1960 models)
  • Tires
  • Wheel Assembly
  • Exhaust System
  • Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
  • Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
  • Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  • Stop Lamps (3) 1986 and newer; (2) if 1960-1985; (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  • License Plate Lamp (1)
  • Rear Red Reflectors (2)
  • Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
  • Head Lamps (2)
  • Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  • Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  • Window Tint

Texas Emission Testing

Possible and Most Common Emission Fail Issues

  • Catalytic Converter failure
  • Faulty gas cap
  • Fuel metering out of specification
  • Incorrect ignition timing
  • Transmission-Related Diagnostic Trouble codes
  • Inoperative injection system and/or thermostatic air cleaner
  • Mis-routed vacuum lines
  • Faulty Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) System or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System
  • Most of the time a CHECK ENGINE LIGHT alerts you to these issues