Safety Inspection Process
The vehicle must pass a safety inspection in accordance with the procedure and
standards set forth in the RI Official Manual for Vehicle Inspection. This will
include inspection of but will not be limited to the Safety Inspection items below.
Safety Inspection Items
- Master cylinder
- Parking lamps
- Parking brakes
- Plates and plate light
- Registration certificate
- Seat belts
- Side market lamps
- Springs, torsion bars, shocks
- Steering, alignment and suspension
- Stop lamps
- Tail lamps
- Universal joints
- Wheel safetychock blocks
- Windshield wipers
- ABS Light
- Air bag light
- Back up lamps
- Ball joints
- Body items
- Brakes (ABS)
- Brake drums and discs
- Brake failure warning lamp
- Brake lining or pads
- Brake performance
- Brake pedal reserve
- Bumper (rear end protection)
- Check engine light
- Clearance lamps>
- Directional signals
- Doors (front latches)
- Emergency brake
- Exhaust system
- Fenders and flaps
- Floor and other panels
- Fuel tank - cap
- Hazard switch
Emissions Inspection Process
The emissions test performed on the vehicle will be determined
by the vehicle model year and equipment (drive type, traction control etc.) the
vehicle will receive one of the following test types:
The OBD inspection evaluates your vehicle's emissions status via its onboard computer.
The OBD inspection occurs through the connection of the OBD-II SAE standardized
vehicle port to the inspection analyzer.
1. An on-board diagnosis system inspection
failure occurs when either: Current Diagnostic Trouble Codes are indicated and the
Malfunction Indicator Light is commanded on.
2. The malfunction indicator light (MIL)
does not illuminate at all when the vehicle is in the key-on/engine-off condition,
even if no diagnostic trouble codes are present and the MIL has not been commanded
3. (a) For 2001 and newer vehicles,
more than one readiness monitor in a vehicle's on-board computer is not set as ready;
(b) For 1996-2000 vehicles, more than two readiness monitors
in a vehicle's on-board computer are not set as ready.
To start the procedure, the inspector connects a communication cable from emissions
analyzer to the Diagnostic Link Connector located in your vehicle. The emissions
analyzer simply reads data from your vehicle's computer; no changes are made to
your vehicle or its data.
If the vehicle's OBD system is not communicating with the inspection analyzer do
to a vehicle defect it is cause for failure.
The computer in your vehicle performs diagnostic tests on certain emissions systems
while you are driving. These system monitors are usually "Ready" or "Complete",
unless there's a pending problem with a particular system. Sometimes system monitors
become not ready if the vehicle's battery has been disconnected or if the vehicle
computer's memory has been erased. As part of the OBD-II test, the analyzer checks
to see how many of these system monitors are "not ready", If more than one (1) monitor
MY 2001 and more than two (2) monitors MY 1996-2000 read "not ready", then the vehicle
will fail the OBD-II test.
Maintain Your OBD-II Vehicle's Readiness Status
Some vehicles require extensive driving to reset certain system readiness monitors.
Do not disconnect the battery on your vehicle. If your vehicle is in for service,
ask your technician not to clear the computer's memory, since this will only unset
the system readiness monitors and result in your vehicle failing the OBD-II test.
About Your OBD-II Vehicle's MIL
If your vehicle's MIL is flashing or blinking, you should have the vehicle serviced
as soon as possible. The flashing light may indicate that there is an engine misfire,
and extensive driving with a misfire could damage your vehicle's catalytic converter.