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What are the requirements for passing a Virginia State Vehicle Inspection?

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The vehicle’s brakes, headlights, indicators, steering and suspension systems, tires, wheels and rims must be in excellent condition. The mirrors, horn, windshield, windshield wipers, and exhaust system should be working properly, and the rear license plate should be illuminated. The hood latch, driver’s seat, seat belts, airbag and floor pan should be in an excellent operating condition, according to the Virginia State Police.

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The brakes of the vehicle should not be worn out, damaged or have missing parts, and the brake linings and drum should not be defective or contaminated. Parking brakes should be complete and properly adjusted. Headlights and the signal device should be of the approved type; aim and output as well as lamps, lenses, wiring and switches should be in working condition.

The steering and suspensions system should not have wear in the bushes, kingpins, ball joints and wheel bearings. Tight fixing of the gear box to the vehicle’s frame is vital, and there should be no play in the steering wheel. Power steering fluid should not be leaking.

Tires should have proper tread depth, and wheels should not be cracked or damaged. Rigid mounting of side mirrors is imperative and should have a bright reflecting surface. Proper anchoring of the driver’s seat is required, and all seat belts should be of the approved type and properly installed.

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