Maryland State Safety Inspection Tag

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)....