Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

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Maryland State Inspection Checklist

Maryland State Inspection Checklist:

The Maryland DEpartment of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration requires all vehicles go through a Maryland State Inspection. For most vehicles under 10,000 pounds this includes, but is not limited to checking the condition of:

1. Steering System Condition:
  • Steering Wheel
  • Steering Column
  • Lash
  • Travel
  • Linkage: Tire Rods, Drag Link, Idler Arm, Pitman Arm
  • Rack & Pinion
  • Steering Box
  • Power Steering
  • Road Tested
2. Wheel Alignment:
  • Toe Reading
  • Rear Wheel Alignment
3. Suspension Condition:
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Ball Joint / King Pin
  • Springs
  • Torsion Bar
  • Shock Absorbers / Struts
4. Brake System Condition:
  • Stopping Distance
  • Drums and Discs
  • Linting and Pad
  • Parking Brake
  • Linkage
  • Vacuum or Hydraulic Booster System
Wheels / Tires Condition:
  • Tire Size, Type, & Tread
  • Wheels, Nuts, Studs, & Lugs
Fuel System Condition:
  • Fuel Tank
  • Inspect for Leaks
  • Choke, Hand Throttle, & Accelerator
Door Handle Functionality
  • Proper Function of Handles and Doors
Fender Condition
  • Overall Fender Condition
  • Inspect Mounting & Wheel Coverage
Lighting Condition
  • Function of Original & Authorized Equipment Lighting:
    • Back-up
    • Hazard
    • Brake Warning
    • High Beam Indicator
    • Stop
    • Tail
    • Park
    • Dash
    • Clearance
    • ID Lamp
    • Adjusters
  • Headlight Condition, Power Output, & Aim
  • Fog Light Condition, Aim, & Mounting
Electrical System Condition
  • Horn Functionality
  • Switches / Wiring
  • Neutral Safety Switches
  • Battery Condition
Mirror Condition
  • Interior Mirrors
  • Exterior Mirrors
Glazing (Windows) Condition
  • Window Mechanism Funactionality
  • Windshield Condition
Wiper Condition
  • Wiper Arms & Blades
  • Wiper Park Position
  • Wiper Controls
Hood / Catch Functionality
  • Proper Function of Hood / Catches
  • Full Closer of Hood / Catches
Bumper Condition
  • Overall Front & Rear Bumper Condition
  • Inspect Bumper Height & Mounting
Floor / Trunk Pan Condition
  • Holes, Rust, or Weak Spots
Speedometer / Odometer
  • Proper Operation
  • Easy to Read
Driver Seat
  • Mounting & Operation
Safety Belts
  • Front Mounting & Operation
  • Rear Mounting & Operation
Motor Mount
  • Presence and Condition
Gear Shift Indicator
  • Position Indicator Correct
Universal and CV Joints
  • Condition of Joints
Emissions Equipment Condition
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Fuel Filler
  • Positive Crankcase
  • Air Injection
  • Gas Recirculation
  • Evaporative Emissions
Exhaust System Condition:
  • Exhaust Manifold
  • All Piping, Muffler, & Resonator
  • Inspect for Leaks
  • Inspect Mounting

All four Hillmuth Auto Care locations in Columbia, Gaithersburg. Clarksville, and Glenwood are authorized Maryland safety inspection stations. We are licensed by the Maryland State Police to inspect passenger vehicles, light trucks and SUVs and trailers. Whether you are selling your car, purchasing a used car or want to get your car ready to be used in a driving test, Hillmuth Auto Care can help.

Schedule an appointment today to get your vehicle inspected.

What if My Car Fails?

If your car fails the Maryland safety inspection, we will give you a report specifying the problem areas. And, if you so choose, we’ll make all the necessary repairs to get your vehicle road-worthy.

Contact us if you have any questions about the Maryland safety inspection or would like to schedule an appointment.

 

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