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Quick Tips for Passing Smog, Brake and Light Inspection

When Lamp Inspection Fails? - (1) Any burned out bulbs. (2) Any improperly connected circuits which cause the lamps not to function or switch beams correctly. (3) A headlamp beam indicator lamp that does not indicate the proper beam to the driver or that does not function properly. (4) Any cracked, broken or missing lenses. Stoplamps on vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 1979, vehicles manufactured before January 1, 1979, shall emit a red or amber light. Defective lenses that emit white light during normal operation are not permitted. (5) A lamp with dirt or moisture inside. (6) A lamp which is not securely or properly fastened to the vehicle. (7) A lamp not perpendicular to the roadway or mounted as designed. (8) A lamp showing a beam or color contrary to law or regulation, i.e., blue dot taillamps, white tail lamps, blue or yellow headlamps, as well as extremely faded lenses. (9) Any aftermarket lights, bulbs or signaling devices that are not D.O.T. approved, that have been installed in place of factory lighting equipment. (10) Any auxiliary equipment, screens, or plastic covers placed on, in or in front of the lamp. (11) License plate light must be working properly.

Headlamps - Headlamps should not be lower than 22 inches or higher than 54 inches from the floor to the center of the lamp.

Fog Lamps - Fog Lamps should not be lower than 12 inches or higher than 30 inches from the floor to the center of the lamp.

Tail Lamps - Tail Lamps should not be lower than 15 inches or higher than 72 inches from the floor to the center of the lamp.

1. Check Engine Light Off - Make sure your vehicle's Check Engine Light or Malfunction Indicator Lamp is not illuminated. A constantly illuminated Check Engine or MIL light is an automatic smog failure. Note: We cannot refuse to test your vehicle based on the fact that we notice an illuminated light. We must perform the smog check and fail your vehicle. This is California State law.

2. Running Properly - Do not subject your vehicle to a Smog Inspection if it does not run properly. Chances are that it will fail the smog check and you will lose your inspection fee. Seek repair assistance first. This will save you time and money, and insure your vehicle will pass the smog test.

3. Warm up your Vehicle - Drive your vehicle for at least 20 minutes prior to arriving at the smog station. This will ensure your vehicle is properly warmed up and is running at it's optimum level. A sufficient time to warm-up your vehicle can be accomplished through driving for at least 10 to 15 miles.

4. Change Oil - If it's close to your next oil change interval, go ahead and do it before the smog check. Contaminated oils are high in Hydrocarbons (HC) and will present a rich mixture to the engine chambers. Avoiding oil changes not only engine wear but can also cause your vehicle to fail the smog inspection. Change the engine oil.

5. Don't disconnect the battery before going to pass Smog Check. - The car's computer would erase all the memory and in order to pass smog you will have to drive at least 50 - 100 miles.

When Brake Inspection Fails? - If (1) any drum or rotor exceeds the vehicle or parts manufacturer's service limits, (2) the thickness of the brake lining (friction material) is found to be less than that specified by the manufacturer's service limits, (3) the vehicle fails to stop within the required distance, (25 feet at 20 mph for a passenger car) (4) the parking brake system is found to be inadequate or inoperative. (5) Tires on the same axle should have the same tire tread pattern, and size. (6) The vehicle brake lights and brake 'warning lamp' in the dash must function properly.

Brake Rotor Thickness - Brake Rotor Thickness should not exceed the vehicle or parts manufacturer's service limits.

Brake Pads - Brake Pads should not exceed the vehicle or parts manufacturer's service limits.

Brake Shoes - Brake Shoes should not exceed the vehicle or parts manufacturer's service limits.

Brake Drums - Brake Drums should not exceed the vehicle or parts manufacturer's service limits.