What Happens if You Fail a Car Inspection?

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Many people make the mistake of thinking that only commercial vehicles should be inspected, but private vehicles can also benefit from a regular car inspection. Regular vehicle inspections not only isolate potential issues early so they can be repaired at a lesser cost; they also ensure a vehicle is safe while on the road. Kirk’s Auto Care inspects vehicles, so bring yours by for the following.

Belts, Filters, and Hoses

Part of your 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 service visits include inspecting the belts, filters, and hoses. These parts might not seem that important, but they are. Broken belts can damage other engine parts, so it’s best to replace them once they’re worn. Your filters prevent dangerous dirt and grime from reaching engine parts, and, finally, your hoses transport crucial engine fluid. Should your vehicle fail a belt, filter, and hose inspection, the parts will be replaced.


We don’t need to tell you how important it is to have your brakes inspected regularly. If you can’t stop your car… well, we don’t want to think about it and neither do you. Brake inspections ensure everything is A-Okay with your front and rear brakes. Most vehicles today have disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. If the brakes fail inspection, we’ll replace the entire system or just the worn parts, including the master cylinder if necessary.

Exhaust System

Although Michigan does not have emissions check requirements as other states do, it’s still wise to have your exhaust system inspected regularly. When a vehicle fails a smog check, there’s something wrong with the exhaust system. Problems include a faulty oxygen sensor, malfunctioning fuel injectors, or your engine’s catalytic converter. It’s crucial to replace these failing parts to avoid dangerous fumes from entering into the cabin of your automobile.


Finally, your tires take a beating. They keep your car secured on the road with proper traction, but if the tread is worn down, you lose that traction. Loss of traction results in loss of vehicle control, as does a blowout, so have your tires inspected every other oil change. This lets us check the tread to see how much life it has left in it. It also allows us to ensure the tread is wearing down evenly. If it isn’t, we’ll check the balance and alignment of your vehicle and fix it.

Stop by Kirk’s Auto Care in Livonia, MI, or call us today at 734-402-8722. We’ll be happy to provide you with a thorough car inspection.

Call Kirk's Auto Care at 734-402-8722 for an appointment today!

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