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#1 of 41 Those Dreadful State Vehicle Inspections
Aug 04, 2006 (8:05 pm)
How do I make sure my vehicle will pass an inspection? What are the requirements? Who do I go to? What if my vehicle doesn't pass inspection? How much should I pay?
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#2 of 41 Re: Those Not So Dreadful State Vehicle Inspections [tidester]
Aug 05, 2006 (7:06 pm)
Well like you said it is a STATE inspection so every state is different. In Maine it covers all lights, suspension, exhaust, tires, brakes, basically important safety items are the biggest things. Some other states also require emission testing, and others also require a computerized test on 96 and newer vehicles. best to visit your Motor Vehicle website for your state for the complete list of requirement. Also on that website you should be given the cost which is usually a set price and places where you can have it done at. If you fail you will be given a list of things that need to be completed, you may have the work done at that facility or done where ever you prefer, just like a normal repair.
The best way I can suggest you take care of this is take the required test by your state and then you dont have to worry about you vehicle failing the State Inspection. jk
#3 of 41 Re: Those Not So Dreadful State Vehicle Inspections [duncan0802]
Aug 05, 2006 (7:16 pm)
Actually, someone in the Forums Discussion Finder wanted to know where to post about a question concerning the NJ state inspection. Since we didn't have any relevant topics I set this one up and rather than creating one for each of 50 states ... well you get the idea!
She hasn't found her way here yet but I'll be interested in reading what her question is!
#4 of 41 Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer
Feb 07, 2007 (1:01 pm)
Here in the northern part of Delaware the air pollution has become so bad the federal government has told the county clean up the air or lose funds for road building.
So now instead of the normal tail pipe test to check emissions , they now want to check the Obd 11 , which checks your car's computer,and if you've had recent work on your car, such as the 2ND replacement (under warrenty) of the O2 sensors, or had a battery installed, it can interfere with the test, and the state won't pass you regardless if you have perfect brakes/lights etc. I went to Castle Hyundai, the car dealer, explained this to them, they said you have to drive the car around awhile for the computer codes to reset, enabling the state inspection to pass you. Until then certain codes cannot be read ny DMV. I ask what is the fix so I can pass. They told me to drive a few hundred more miles MORE because the 2002 sonata has a quirk that way, what a load of b/s.I'm thinking.
I've drived close to 800 miles since the work was done three weeks ago. Is this guy correct or should I go back to the dealer and have them fix/reset the computer so I am not sitting in line at the DMV and wasting my time ?
#5 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [bill304]
Feb 07, 2007 (4:39 pm)
That doesn't make any sense to me either. Can you try a different inspector?
#6 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [bill304]
Feb 08, 2007 (9:35 am)
What you are being told is accurate. You cannot unhook your battery to clear any trouble codes and then go to your friendly inspector to pass an OBD check. The computer in the system keeps track of this and you will automatically show up as not ready for inspection. The only way to remedy this is to drive the car for however long it takes for the OBD computer to accrue enough information so that your car shows itself ready. The distance differs from brand to brand depending on the design of the diagnostic system. FYI I am the assitant director of a state air pollution control agency.
#7 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [nonjth13]
Feb 08, 2007 (10:47 am)
Thanks for the clarification. It sounds to me like the state lacks confidence in the accuracy of its emissions tests and presumes "guilt" on the part of the car owner if OBD has been reset - for any reason.
#8 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [tidester]
Feb 08, 2007 (11:49 am)
Hhmm actually I think the state is operating under federal clean air guidelines for inspections which may indicate vehicle must be in ready state.
#9 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [ray80]
Feb 08, 2007 (1:31 pm)
vehicle must be in ready state
I'm just not seeing the logic. At the time of inspection, either the car's emissions are within requirements or they are not. The state of the OBD should have no bearing on that. But then no one said federal guidelines need to be logical.
#10 of 41 Re: Delaware State Inspection and Sonatas computer [tidester]
Feb 08, 2007 (2:21 pm)
Oh I see where your coming from, but I believe the states mentioned (like here in CT) don't actually test the product coming out of rear on 96' or newer vehicles, what they check is what OBDII has to say, not what tailpipe spits out. That is where the 'not ready' comes into play, whatever checks OBDII does (multiple checks and over an extended time). in thisa case not enough of those multiple checks have run long enough after the repair to make vehicle ready