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Unread 08-25-2007, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Annual Vehicle Inspection (Emissions+Safety)

What all do they check in an Annual Vehicle Inspection (Emissions+Safety).
I guess that would vary from state to state, but there must be a written protocol/standard for this issued by State DMVs. Where do I find that protocol specially for NC state??
All the Vehicle Inspection Centers must be having a Vehicle Inspection Checklist/Sheet. How do I get hold of one??

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Unread 09-02-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Well in the UK we have the following tested, it could be similar

A vehicle identification number (VIN) should be permanently displayed and legible on vehicles first used after August 1980.
The registration plate should be securely fixed, legible and in good condition.
Lights are checked for condition, operation, security and colour.
The steering and suspension are checked to ensure they are in good working order.
Screen wash and windscreen wipers are checked to ensure they give the driver a clear view of the road.
The condition of the windscreen is checked.
The horn is checked to ensure it operates correctly and is the correct type.
All seatbelts are checked for type, condition, operation and security, and all compulsory seatbelts must be in place.
Front seats are checked for security and it must be possible for the front and rear seats to be secured in the upright position.
The fuel system is checked to ensure there are no leaks, and the cap fastens securely.
Vehicles must meet the required level for exhaust omissions. These vary depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system needs to be complete and secure with no major leaks.
The vehicle must be free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas, with no sharp edges.
Doors must open and close properly and fasten securely. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle.
Mirrors need to be present, secure and in good condition.
Wheels and tyres are checked for condition, security, size and shape, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested.
Brakes are tested for condition, operation and performance.

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Unread 10-30-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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What they did yesterday when I had my truck sniffed:

Stick a mirror under it to check for CAT. If yes, then
check gas cap. If good, then
Take information, ten bucks and paperwork and enter it into computer. If go, then
Take probe and stick it up my truck's ass for 10 seconds while the machine checks the flow. If good, then
Give driver the paperwork, tell them they passed and tell them to have a nice day!

And he ignored the bright red "BRAKE" light that's mysteriously come on on my dashboard, despite looking at my odometer. America's safety tests are bogus, all they care about is CO, CO2 and HC emissions.

If vehicle = OBD-II, then
Take paperwork, money and information. If go,
Ask driver to exit vehicle with key off.
Plug tuner into OBD-II diagnostics port, turn key and run app
If computer says Emissions = good, pass car and let it go.

My truck would fail a European check for:

Ball joints in steering shot, toe is out. Also, front springs are sunk and all four shocks are completely nonfunctional.
Brake system has a leak in it, although they will still lock the tires up.
Horn doesn't work.
There's a spider in the windshield from where I destroyed a bird.
Atleast three confirmed exhaust leaks, probably more.
Window-mounted mirror is in glovebox.
Front tires, due to the front end, are bald on their shoulders.
Sometimes, the doors don't seem to fully shut, the hood also rattles about.
Rust all over the place, with three big dents in it and the rear bumper dented.
Intermittent left brakelight, no reverse lights at all. All other lights work fine. Lens on front left blinker has a hole in it.
Probably some fuel system leaks somewhere.
Washer nozzle is beyond out of alignment and the driver's side wiper arm is sprung due to the bird hit. Blade loses contact with window when speed > 55MPH. However, there's fluid in there last time I checked, and it does spray.
And now, it's got a shot rear main.
Everything else it passes on, amazingly.

Good job, America. Lol.
My whips: A tired '85 F150 with an I6 and a fourspeed...and a dead '72 Chevy C10 with a six and a threespeed...Looking to restore both to factory condition, but my own specifications.

If it ain't got a clutch, I ain't interested.

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