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New Mexico Vehicle Inspection FAQ

New Mexico vehicle inspection FAQ


State Car Emissions Testing & Inspection

With routine vehicle inspections and periodic emissions checks, drivers can be informed about any problems with their vehicles. In case your vehicle didn’t clear the inspection or the vehicle-emissions test, you will know it requires some immediate attention and possibly some repair work. Vehicle owners need to schedule the repair or service as soon as possible because it may endanger the dependability of the vehicle and also cause significant fines or perhaps a disqualified registration. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have your car examined by a skilled technician at least every 6 months to avoid all these problems. Some frequently asked questions on vehicle inspection are described here.


What is On-Board Diagnostics?

The OBD or On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II is a standardized computer system executed in all automobiles created in and after 1996. In short, all the automobiles made in 1996 and after will certainly have an OBD system in them, which supplies information reports on self-diagnosis of the vehicle often used by automobile technicians before executing any kind of automobile repairs.


Common Causes of a Failed Emissions Test

A car emissions examination can fail for several reasons as a result of malfunctioning automobile components such as an injector, oxygen sensing unit, spark plugs or even an EVAP system. One of the most common reasons is malfunctioning injectors. Either the injectors or a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can cause a “rich air-fuel mix” bring about a disappointing vehicle emissions test.

If your vehicle has worn-out spark plugs, there is a higher possibility that it may be the reason for an increase in exhaust discharges. This, consequently, can result in a failed emissions examination.

Any type of problem or shortages in the EVAP system or evaporative emission control system can cause a problem in the handling of the gas vapor produced from the automobile resulting in air pollution.

If your car hasn’t undergone regular maintenance and the “check engine” light is illuminated on the dashboard, your automobile may fail the vehicle-emissions test.


What Do They Check for in a Vehicle Inspection?

An authorized assessor carries out a vehicle evaluation at state-approved examination stations only. This is what they will check for:

  • Front lights: headlamps check to ensure proper operation, no cracked lenses or lamps, lights are the right shade, are identical, 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 examine tire conditions for any type of indications of wear and tear and if there is a requirement for replacement
  • Mirrors: Ensure no mirrors are broken, damaged or missing
  • Seat belts: to assess safety belt condition and ensure they are safely operating or need replacing
  • Brakes: an in-depth brake assessment to ensure proper brake reaction and if there are any type of brake fluid leaks
  • Horn: ensure the horn is working correctly
  • Evaluation of suspension and shock absorbers

How Long Does It Take To Get A Safety Inspection?

Depending on the state, city, and county where the vehicle tests are carried out, the automobile safety inspection duration might differ. However, for most vehicles, this procedure typically takes an hour to 90 minutes.


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