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Old 08-03-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Durham NC-for now
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Default Maine State Vehicle Inspection Checklist?

I've been trying to find an online document showing what is reason to not pass a vehicle. Poked around on the DMV but not able to find what I'm looking for.
Our vehicle didn't pass for reasons that seem odd.
Anyone know where to find the list the state requires?
thanks!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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Maine State Police oversee the Maine safety inspection program, not DMV. go to:

State Police: Vehicle Inspections & Crashes: Motor Vehicle Investigations

and scroll down just a little for the downloadable safety inspection checklist.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I've been trying to find an online document showing what is reason to not pass a vehicle. Poked around on the DMV but not able to find what I'm looking for.
Our vehicle didn't pass for reasons that seem odd.
Anyone know where to find the list the state requires?
thanks!
What was the reason given?

They're supposed to check the horn, all of the lights, the brakes and brake lines, suspension and steering components, exhaust, tires. Any significant rust will also be grounds to flunk the car. There may be some other things they check as well.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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One vehicle of ours failed because a headlight wiper did not work.

Since headlight wipers are not required, I removed both headlight wipers, and the vehicle passed it's inspection.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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One vehicle of ours failed because a headlight wiper did not work.

Since headlight wipers are not required, I removed both headlight wipers, and the vehicle passed it's inspection.
Yeah, I had lighted running boards on my P/U, the lights no longer worked, got flunked. Stupid. Lights are not required on running boards, but law says "all lights must work", no exceptions for lights that aren't required, no flexibility. It's just retarded. So, the running boards came off and it passed. I *hate* stupid sh...stuff like that.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Durham NC-for now
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there were 2 light related things which made sense but some leaks that weren't brake items. It's an old Subaru which all leak something as far as I know! I'm going to take a look and see what the other things were.
The link on the website didn't work where it said "click here".
Hmmmm....
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Durham NC-for now
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bulls eye in windshield
valve cover gasket leak
head gasket leak
both leaks they said were minor. It's a 1999 Subaru wagon.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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bulls eye in windshield ...
That is pretty much an automatic failure.

Get a new windshield, no other option.

Gasket leaks? eh, I did not think that was a 'safety' criteria. Could the shop be trying to drum up business?
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Durham NC-for now
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Funny thing is the place only does inspections and oil changes. It's my 83 yr old father's car. He went to the auto body shop today to ask their opinion and they said the inspection guys vary widely. Some like to fail you just because they can. Really irks me. I'm happy to fix the things that are actually a safety concern but not for someone to feel powerful. It seems very subjective.
The option seems to be to go around getting inspections until you pass.
Will it come up on some kind of list of failing and for what?
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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If there are cracks in your windshield, I think that all shops will fail it.
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