What is a Brake and Lamp Inspection?
The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires that any vehicle with a salvage title have a brake and light inspection performed on it. The salvage title could be issued because of flood, fire, accident or theft and because of this, the vehicle would need to be restored to its previous safe driving condition before it can be re-titled. Even though you are still the owner of the vehicle, the Department of Motor Vehicles sees the vehicle’s ownership as having changed, thus the reason for the new title.
An inspection station licensed by the State of California will perform a brake and light inspection of the critical parts that may have been damaged in the accident. The inspection is very thorough as the vehicle must be checked out completely and made ready for the road. The vehicle might also need an inspection if the local law enforcement agency or CHP has cited any defects. Brake and lamp certificates will be issued only after the defect has been repaired and the vehicle has been inspected by the licensed brake and lamp facility. These certificates then need to be presented to the Department of Motor Vehicles or the California Highway Patrol showing that the repair was made.
How is the Brake Inspection Performed?
While performing the brake inspection, the licensed technicians at GIC Car Clinic in San Jose will inspect the braking system to determine if there are any problems. The wheels will be removed and, after a visual inspection, the rotors, drums, pads and shoes will be checked with a micrometer. A visual inspection will also be performed on the calipers, brake lines and hoses, master cylinder, wheel cylinders and brake related valves. The ABS system will also be checked at this time. The entire braking system and its individual components are required to be within the specific vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. If there is anything that could cause the brakes to fail, it must be corrected before the vehicle can pass the inspection. The technician will also ensure that the “Brake” and “ABS” lights on the dash are operational and not on when the vehicle is driving.
How is the Lamp Inspection Performed?
During the lamp inspection, one of our technicians will check to ensure that all of the vehicle’s exterior lighting is operational. This includes the headlights, high and low beams, brake lights, third brake light, turn signals, hazards, side markers and parking lights and the daytime running lights if equipped. The exterior lamp housings must be in good condition with no cracks and should be SAE or DOT approved. Headlights should be mounted securely and aimed properly according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. We use an advanced laser aiming machine to properly aim and align the vehicle’s headlights.
Once successfully passed, our licensed technician will issue a brake certificate and a lamp certificate, good for 90 days, to be presented to the Department of Motor Vehicles.