Learn Four Things To Check Before You Take Your Car To Be Inspected

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If you own your first car and it is time to have it inspected, it is important to make sure you take the time to check everything you can on your own before you take the car to be inspected. Doing an inspection on your own is not overly difficult to do. The following guide walks you through a few things to inspect yourself. 

The Headlights

Turn on the headlights of your car. Get out of the car and walk to the front of the vehicle to check and see if both lights are lit. If one of the lights is not lit, the car will fail inspection unless you have the mechanic replace the bulb in the light on the spot. 

The Turn Signal Lights

Turn signal lights indicate that you are turning or changing lanes to other drivers and are an essential feature when it comes to driving safely. Turn your left turn signal lights on and then check the front and the back of the car to ensure both lights are lit. Repeat the process with the right turn signal lights.

The Brake Lights

The brake lights on your vehicle are important because they let other drivers know when you are slowing down so that they know they need to slow down so they do not run into you. To check your brake lights, you will need to have someone else look at the lights when you press the brake pedal or set up a mirror so that you can see each light in the rear view mirror of your car.  

Check Engine Light

If you look at the dashboard of your car and see an engine light lit, then it means that there is something that has triggered the light. Many different things can cause the light to become lit. A diagnostic test can be done to determine exactly what is wrong with your car so that you can have it addressed before you take the car to be inspected. The mechanic that repairs whatever is wrong with your car will reset the light so that it will no longer be lit when everything is done.

If you discover that any of your lights are not working properly, the bulbs may need to be replaced or a fuse may simply be blown. If the horn is not working, the fuse may need to be replaced or wiring may have come loose. You can take your car to a mechanic (such as one from H & S Tire & Auto Center), let him or her know what issues you know need to be addressed with the car and have them address those issues before they do the inspection. This will better your chances of having your vehicle pass the inspection the first time.