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What to Expect in Houston DOT Inspections
If you need your truck inspected in Houston, knowing what to expect can make the process go smoothly. There are many parts of a truck that are looked at during a DOT inspection, and the purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the parts on the vehicle are in working order for safety and environmental reasons. At Ferguson Truck Center, we provide inspections on behalf of the DOT to all trucks.
There are a number of lights that will be looked at during a DOT inspection. Both head lamps will be inspected to ensure that they are in working order as will both rear, red reflector lamps. Turn signal lamps must also turn on properly when put into operation, including both the front set and the rear set. Trucks that are more than 80 inches wide must also have cab lights that are working properly in the front and the back for safety reasons.
For tail lamps and stop lamps, the number that your vehicle is required to have will depend on the year that the truck was manufactured. If your vehicle was manufactured after 1959, you’ll need to have two tail lamps and two stop lamps. Vehicles that were manufactured in 1959 and earlier only need one tail lamp and one stop lamp. Finally, when you need a beam indicator, which is the signal inside the vehicle that tells you if you have your lowlights or high beams on. This is only true for vehicles that were manufactured in 1948 and later.
The inspector will also look at a few things that help you see while driving. Windshield wipers must be in working order, with blades that aren’t cracked. Your vehicle will also need mirrors to help you see behind the vehicle.
The brake system and tires will also be inspected. Brakes will be inspected for tread depth and the pattern of wearing. The brake system will also be inspected to ensure that it’s in working condition.
The exhaust emission system is tested on vehicles that were made after 1967. In this test, the amounts of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, non-methane organic gases, and formaldehyde that are being emitted from the tailpipe are tested. Any leaks in the exhaust system are also addressed.
Finally, the inspector will check that the seat belts are installed in all of the seats and are in working order. There shouldn’t be any that are cut or frayed. The horn should honk easily, and the steering wheel should move the wheels easily and without any sounds. Finally, the gas caps, window tint level, and VIN, serial, and motor numbers will be checked.
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