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Did you know that in 2020, there were over 1,823,500 vehicles registered in the state of Maryland? That is a lot of automobiles on the road. An MD State Safety Inspection Certificate is a requirement for all those vehicles to help keep motorists safe. This certificate is only issued if your vehicle meets or exceeds the safety standards deemed necessary by the state. The MD Safety Inspection includes many different parts of your auto. This blog focuses on motor and transmission components. Below is a detailed description of the motor mounts, gear shift indicator, and CV joints. We also look into common warning signs and general maintenance associated with your vehicle’s motor and transmission. How do I obtain a Maryland State Safety Inspection Certificate? An MD State Inspection Certificate can be obtained once your vehicle passes a safety inspection at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station in Maryland. Once your vehicle meets or exceeds all Maryland’s safety standards, it will pass the inspection. The inspection station will electronically transfer the information to the Motor Vehicle Administration.  Motor & Transmission Components Motor Mounts Motor (or Engine) Mounts connect the motor to the body or frame of your vehicle. They can be made of a solid rubberized material or filled with...

Maryland requires a safety inspection on all cars registered within the state. Before obtaining an inspection certificate, you must have your vehicle inspected at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station (in Maryland). The MD State Safety Inspection checks numerous automobile components and systems, including drum brakes, disk brakes, and regenerative braking. This blog will explore the basics of brake components, their common issues, and possible repairs. For more information on other automotive systems, see the links for this entire blog series at the end of this blog.   MD State Safety Inspection: Brake System Components An inspector will check all your vehicle's brake components during a safety inspection. Excessively worn or damaged parts may cause your vehicle to fail the inspection. Below is a generalized list of the basic components in the different brake systems found on most vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of brakes equipped on your automobile, you can find the information in your owner's manual. Drum Brakes Drum brake systems have been around since the early 1900s. The first designs were completely mechanical, using manual levers. By the mid-1930s, they used hydraulic pressure to operate. Here's a basic list of the components found in the drum brake system: Master...

The demand for pre-owned vehicles is still high right now. If you want to take advantage of this need and plan to sell your used auto, you need to obtain a MD State Safety Inspection Certificate. Here are a few things you should know. Vehicles will occasionally fail to meet a safety standard due to safety issues or mechanical problems. The inspection report will detail the issues that require repairs before awarding a certificate. This blog series explores various reasons why your vehicle may fail a MD Safety Inspection. Today, let’s focus on the steering & suspension components, alignment, and tires. I will highlight common issues with these parts and the warning signs. Additionally, I’ve included a handy checklist to give you a head start on passing the safety inspection. Checklist For Your MD State Safety Inspection This checklist should help you prepare your vehicle for the Maryland Safety Inspection. If you have any specific concerns, discuss them with your service technician. Check your owner’s manual for any overdue routine maintenance items. If you are close to your time/mileage interval for an Oil Change, go ahead and get it done. Wash your vehicle inside and out (don’t forget the windows and mirrors). Check all the lights...

Most pre-owned vehicles must obtain a Maryland Safety Inspection certificate before being sold or transferred. Our last blog focused on exhaust system issues that can result in your vehicle failing certification. This blog will focus on problems with the fuel system and emission system that may cause your vehicle to fail the MD State Safety Inspection. Common issues may include the fuel pump, gas cap, or fuel injectors. A certificate will be issued once the necessary repairs are made, and the vehicle passes the inspection. Keep reading to learn about automotive fuel & emissions components, common issues, and symptoms you should recognize. #1 Tip To Pass The MD State Safety Inspection Follow all of the factory-recommended service intervals found in your owner’s manual. That’s it. That’s the tip. Routine maintenance is the very best way to keep your vehicle efficient and running clean. Regular inspections, oil changes, and general service appointments can catch many small issues before they become big expenses. And, it’s never too late to start. Ask your service technician about creating a routine service schedule to fit your specific needs. The Fuel System & Emission System Fortunately, these days auto manufacturers design vehicles to have more fuel economy and less air pollution (or emissions)....

Maryland requires the majority of used vehicles to obtain a safety inspection certificate before their sale or transfer. In general, it is the seller’s responsibility to get the MD State Safety Inspection Certificate. To get this certification, a licensed vehicle safety inspection station in Maryland must inspect your vehicle. The process will include an in-depth visual and mechanical inspection of your automobile (check here for a complete list). The exhaust system, including the muffler, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor, often requires minor repairs or service to pass the safety inspection. A certificate will only be issued once the vehicle passes the inspection. Why Do Vehicles Fail the MD State Safety Inspection? There can be many reasons why a vehicle may fail a state safety inspection. A qualified mechanic can walk you through the inspection report, point out the areas of concern, and guide you to any necessary repairs. As a vehicle owner, you have the option to fix the issues yourself, have the inspection station do the repairs, or bring your automobile to a different service station for repair work. Let’s review a few components that are often responsible for a failed safety inspection. Exhaust System Components Combustion engine vehicles have a complex array of components...

Maryland requires a Vehicle State Inspection on all cars registered within the state. When you find yourself buying or selling a vehicle in Maryland, be sure to visit an Authorized Safety Inspection Station to obtain your Maryland Safety Inspection certificate. Once you complete the safety inspection, your automobile must pass the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. Please keep reading for details on these inspections requirements and where to obtain them.   What is a Vehicle State Inspection? The Maryland Vehicle State Inspection is a set of safety standards sanctioned by the Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA). They ensure that every vehicle registered in Maryland is safe to be on the road. The state inspections include two parts. First, The Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) focuses on aspects of vehicle safety. Second, the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) focuses on vehicle emissions. These Vehicle State Inspections help ensure that automobiles sold in Maryland are safe, efficient, and reliable to drive.  Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) Maryland requires Safety Inspections prior to registering any passenger car, light truck, SUV, or trailer (shorter than 20-feet and without air brakes). Do you plan to register and drive a vehicle in Maryland? In that case, you must obtain a recent MSI certificate to get...

Everything looks so pretty with the first snowfall of the season. All the trees, roads, and buildings are pristine and white. Then the daily activities of life mar those surfaces with road grime, exhaust, and road salt. The wide use of road salt has opened up transportation during the winter months, but not without costs. Find out why road salt causes rust and corrosion, how to prevent it, and if your car needs undercarriage sealant during the winter.   What Is Road Salt? During the winter months, the need for safer roads began in the late 1930s with ordinary people’s widespread use of automobiles. By the early 1940s, over 5,000 tons of road salt was being used annually on highways across the nation. Today estimates state over 20 million tons of road salt is used for deicing our nation’s highways, roads, and city streets. Formulas In Use Plenty of concerns swirls around the use of road salt. Too much salt has negative environmental factors, including aquatic life toxicity, plant life damage, and fertilization issues. Environmentalists are researching and developing other methods of deicing that are less hazardous. According to The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, there currently are many different types of deicers in use across...

Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. Stay safer this winter by following a few winter driving tips and regularly inspecting your tires, headlights, windshield, and wiper blades. Consult your owner’s manual for details on maintaining your vehicle’s specific components. Or, if you prefer to leave your auto inspections up to the professionals, schedule a service to winterize your car.   Winter Driving Tips & Auto Services Here are a few helpful tips to follow while driving this winter: Slow down - Studies show driving at reduced speeds in bad weather is safer. Increase the distance between you and the car you are following. Don’t follow a snowplow too closely, as they can drive unpredictably. Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance. Traction: Tires Make sure your tires can handle the snow, sleet, and ice this season. Do your All-Weather Tires have adequate tread? Should you upgrade to Winter Tires this year? If you are unsure, contact Eby’s Garage for a Tires Service. Tell them how you use your vehicle and what terrain you regularly navigate. They can inspect your current tires and make recommendations to suit your needs perfectly. If you decide on new tires,...

October is officially known as National Fall Car Care Month in the United States. It is a great reminder to get caught up on any routine maintenance services that are overdue. A few fall auto tips to help prepare for the cooler temperatures include inspecting your tires, getting a battery check, and scheduling an oil change. Also, keep reading for some suggestions to avoid common fall driving hazards.      Car Care Month: Fall Auto Tips Routine Maintenance Check your owner’s manual to see if you have any mileage marker (30/60/90k) services that have been missed or are approaching. Performing routine maintenance on your automobile is the easiest and most cost-effective way to prolong the life of your vehicle. Battery Check Winters can be harsh on car batteries. Extreme temperatures and inclement weather can shorten battery life. Battery maintenance should include: Removing corrosion from the terminals & cables. Using a bracket to secure the battery in the engine compartment. Avoid using electronics when the car is not running. Try to make trips last 10 minutes or longer to allow the alternator time to charge the battery. These practices can help prolong the lifespan of your car battery. You can schedule a battery check with your auto service center to see how...

It is an unfortunate fact that your car may stall while driving it. It can be inconvenient, scary, and even dangerous in certain situations. Maybe your car stalls when at idle or driving or it dies when slowing down. If so, here may be serious issues going on with either your fuel delivery system or electrical  malfunctions. Since modern vehicles are more complex than their predecessors, they can be harder to diagnose without proper computer diagnostic equipment. Therefore, make sure to bring it in for a diagnostic inspection service right away.   Common Driving Situations There are a ton of reasons that can contribute to a car stalling. Understanding when your car dies can help narrow down why. Let’s look at some common driving situations where car stalling can occur. Car Stalls When Idle We have all seen it. A car is stalled in the intersection, and the embarrassed driver pushes it out of the way. It can happen to anyone, out of the blue and without prior indications that something is wrong. What is the cause? Well, there is no easy answer and no one-size-fits-all solution. If you have a newer model car, the reason may be a malfunctioning electronic sensor or an imbalance in...