When your car is due for a brake and light inspection in California, it’s important to know what to expect. What will the technician look for? What parts of your car will be inspected? In this article, we will answer all of those questions and more. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about brake and light inspections in California!

Why is a brake and light inspection important?

 A brake and light inspection is done to make sure the car is safe to drive on a public road and that it won’t cause any traffic problems for other drivers. 

The brake inspection and the light inspection are the two inspections that make up the brake and lamp inspection. You might so pass one and not the other when the time comes to ask for the inspection. Because their car has been salvaged with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, most drivers are looking for the brake and lamp inspection (DMV).

  • Makes sure your car is safe to drive
  • Prevents you from getting pulled over and ticketed
  • Keeps your car in good condition for longer

In this scenario, you must pass both inspections in order to register your car with the DMV and clear your salvage vehicle.

What Will the Inspector Look for?

A Bureau of Automotive Repair (B.A.R.) certified brake and lamp technician inspects a vehicle while checking the condition of the lights. This entails measuring the projected light emanating from the headlights as well as visually inspecting all of the lights. Additionally, make that the clearance lights, turn signals, and brake lights are all in working order. Following inspection, the owner is handed a 90-day certificate as proof of passage to the DMV.

What will the inspection include?

Your California Brake and Light Inspection will include a thorough inspection of your vehicle’s brakes, brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights. They will make sure that your brakes are in good working order and that your brake lights and turn signals are functioning properly. They will also check to see if your tail light is working correctly. If any of these components break down, they will inform you so that you may get it fixed as soon as possible.

  • Get a comprehensive brake and light inspection
  • Make sure your brakes are in good condition
  • Ensure that your brake lights and turn signals are working properly
  • Check to see if your tail light is functioning correctly

If any of the above components are not in working order, the vehicle will fail the inspection. The good news is that most repairs can be made quickly and easily by a qualified mechanic. So if your car fails the inspection, don’t panic! Just take it to a trusted repair shop and they’ll get you back on the road in no time.

Here’s what’s included in the inspection

Please keep in mind that some cars will take more time than others to finish, depending on their condition:


Brake System Inspections

To guarantee that driving conditions are safe, brake system inspection is necessary. The complete brake system is examined during a brake inspection, including the brake pedal, brake fluid, brake lines and hoses, and the brake assemblies (whether they are disc brakes or drum brakes).

  • Brake shoes or linings will be measured and cannot be any thinner than 3/32 to metal of any kind.
  • Drums and rotors for the brakes must adhere to the manufacturer’s standards and will be measured.
  • All braking components must be present, properly installed, and functional.
  • The hydraulic system, including the master cylinder, wheel cylinders, calipers, valves, lines, and connectors, shows no evidence of leaking.
  • Look over the hoses; no cracks are permitted.
  • warning lights They must be off when they should be off and must glow when they should glow.
  • The emergency brake must be adequate to stop the car on a 6% incline.
  • At a speed of 25 mph, the vehicle must be able to stop (panic) in less than 20 feet.


Light/Lamp Inspection

The vehicle’s headlights are an important safety feature that should be maintained to assure safe driving conditions. As soon as possible, malfunctioning lights should be looked at and repaired.

  • Each piece of lighting equipment that was originally installed must be functional. Before your consultation, kindly check the following lights beforehand. headlights, taillights, marker lamps, backup lamps, brake lamps (third lamp if necessary), license plate lamps, turn signals, high beam indicators, and any and all warning lamps.
  • The headlights must be aimable and adjustable. All adjusting hardware must work properly.
  • Intact lenses are required. There are no fissures that could let any white light escape.
  • There must be no broken reflectors.
  • Before being inspected, body damage that obstructs the visibility of the lighting apparatus must be fixed.
  • Prior to the examination, headlight aiming pads that have been damaged must be fixed. On the lamp’s glass, there are a few tiny points like these. They are unbreakable.

When the inspection is done, the inspector will give you a 90-day certificate that you may use to show the California DMV that your car has passed and is now safe to drive.

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