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New Mexico Car Inspection FAQ

New Mexico car inspection FAQ


State Car Inspection & Emissions Testing

With regular automobile inspections and routine emissions checks, vehicle drivers can be informed about any problems with their vehicles. In case your car fails the inspection or the emissions test, you will know it is ready for some immediate attention and possibly some repair or service. Vehicle owners should make plans for the repair or service ASAP because it may endanger the reliability of the automobile and even lead to significant fines or perhaps a disqualified registration. For that reason, it is highly recommended to have your vehicle checked by a qualified professional a minimum of every six months to avoid all these inconveniences. Some frequently asked questions on car inspection are outlined below.


What is On-Board Diagnostics or OBD?

The OBD or On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II is a standardized computer system applied in all automobiles constructed in and after 1996. In short, all the automobiles made in 1996 and after will certainly have an OBD system in them, which offers data reports on self-diagnosis of the car often utilized by automobile specialists prior to doing any vehicle repair services.


Common Causes of a Failed Emissions Test

An emissions test can fail for numerous factors due to malfunctioning vehicle elements such as an injector, oxygen sensor, spark plugs or even an EVAP system. One of the most common reasons is malfunctioning injectors. Either the injectors or a malfunctioning oxygen sensing unit can trigger a “abundant air-fuel mix” resulting in a poor emissions test.

If your vehicle has a worn-out ignition system, there is a higher possibility that it might be the reason for an increase in exhaust emissions. This, in turn, can lead to a failed emissions test.

Any type of issue or shortages in the EVAP system or evaporative emission control system can cause a problem in the handling of the gasoline vapor produced from the automobile leading to atmospheric pollution.

If your vehicle hasn’t undertaken routine maintenance and the “check engine” light is brightened on the control panel, your vehicle may not pass the emissions test.


What Do They Check for in a Vehicle Inspection?

A licensed inspector performs an automobile assessment at state-approved evaluation stations only. This is what they will check for:

  • Front lights: headlight check to make sure of correct operation, no cracked lenses or lamps, lights are the right color, are the same, and turn signals are operable.
  • Tail lights: Turn signals, marker lights, hazard lights, license plate lights, brake lights, reverse lights are operable, and no broken taillights
  • Wheels and Tires: to inspect tire problems for any kind of signs of damage and if there is a requirement for replacement
  • Mirrors: Make sure no mirrors are broken, broken or missing
  • Safety belt: to evaluate safety belt condition and make sure they are securely operating or require a replacement
  • Brakes: a thorough brake examination to ensure proper brake action and if there are any kind of brake fluid leakages
  • Horn: make sure the horn is working correctly
  • Evaluation of suspension and shock absorbers

How Long Does A Safety Inspection Take?

Based on the state, city, and county where the vehicle tests are conducted, the vehicle safety inspection period might vary. Nonetheless, for a majority of cars, this procedure typically takes one hour to 90 minutes.


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