How to Pass Texas State Inspection?

It’s that time of the year again! And we understand your worries. The Texas state inspection can be a stressful matter sometimes, especially if you had failed it before.

Here you’ll have your full guide to pass the Texas state inspection in flying colors… so, keep reading.

How Often Do I Need to Inspect My Car in Texas?

In the state of Texas, you have to do an annual safety inspection if you wish to keep your car registration valid. But what are the cases here regarding the state inspections, will all vehicles and cases be trated the same? Let’s see about that:

  1. New residents: If you have moved to Texas recently, then you have 30 days starting the day of you moving. After those 30 days, you have to go through the state inspection, or you will be susceptible to ticketing.
  2. Out-of-state vehicles (College students): If your car and your home address are out of state, but you’re living in Texas, then you will need to get the Texas safety inspection while you’re registration stay out of state.
  3. Multi-year registration: If you have multi-year registration, it does not matter. The state mandates the same yearly inspection rules.

What’s Checked in Texas Car Inspections?

Everything that is related to the safety of your car will be checked at the Texas state inspection including the safety of the cars around you.

Here’s a short list that includes the main parts that will be checked, but of course there’s more depending on the care type:

  • Headlights, stop lights, indicator lights, and hazard lights
  • Braking system
  • Wheel components including tire tread depth
  • All mirrors
  • Window tint and coating
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts and airbag system
  • Exhaust system
  • Gas caps (for vehicles 2-24 model years old)
  • Steering system and components
  • Windshield wipers
  • Turn signals
  • License plate lights
  • High beam indicator

Is an Emissions Test Required for Texas Car Inspections?

First of all, these are the counties require annual emissions testing:

  • Travis
  • Williamson
  • Brazoria
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Montgomery
  • Collin
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Ellis
  • Johnson
  • Kaufman
  • Parker
  • Rockwell
  • Tarrant
  • El Paso

Second of all, you have to know that not all types of vehicles require an emission test.

Cars that are powered by gasoline in one of the mentioned counties that are 2-24 model years old, require an emission test to pass the Texas state inspection. If you just bought your car within the last two years, then you are exempt. Diesel powered cars and motorcycles are also exempt from this test.

How to Avoid Failing Your Texas State Inspection?

Due to the extensive number of systems and components subject to inspection, there are various factors that can lead to a vehicle failing the Texas State Vehicle Inspection. Over time, many vehicles exhibit signs of wear and tear, which can increase the likelihood of necessitating repairs as they accumulate miles.

Well-maintained vehicles or those driven infrequently are more likely to pass the inspection compared to frequently driven or inadequately maintained vehicles. Take a moment to review the following aspects and address any discrepancies before the inspection:

  • Tire Condition – Regularly inspect your tires for safety. Worn or underinflated tires can result in blowouts and reduced fuel efficiency.
  • Windshield Wipers – Replace your windshield wipers every six months. If you can’t remember when you last replaced them, it’s time for a new set.
  • Parking Brake Functionality – Utilize your parking brake whenever you park (it’s beneficial for your transmission). However, some drivers may overlook this if they use it infrequently.
  • Exterior Lights – Ensure that your headlights, taillights, reverse lights, license plate lights, and turn signals are in working order. Drivers often remain unaware of burned-out headlights or taillights, making it easy to miss these issues.
  • Dashboard Indicator Lights – If your Check Engine light or any other warning light on the dashboard is illuminated, it’s signaling that something requires attention. Resolve the issue before your inspection.

How Can We Help at FC Automotive?

We know that passing the state inspection can be overwhelming sometimes, that’s why our mechanics and technicians are prepared to do their best to make sure your car will pass the inspection.

From the simplest things like checking tires, to the more complicated aspects like engine and dashboard system, all will be taking care of at our shop in no time.

All you have to do is contact us or book an appointment through this page and we’ll answer your request as soon as possible.





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