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What is a Brake and Lamp Inspection?

A brake and lamp inspection is typically conducted on a motor vehicle to ensure that its braking and lighting systems meet the safety and performance standards required by local, state, or national regulations. Here are some common elements that are typically inspected during such an inspection:

  1. Brake System Inspection:

    • Brake pads and shoes: The thickness and wear of the brake pads or shoes are checked.

    • Brake rotors and drums: The condition of the rotors and drums is inspected for wear, scoring, and warping.

    • Brake lines and hoses: The brake lines and hoses are examined for leaks, cracks, or damage.

    • Brake fluid: The level and condition of the brake fluid are assessed.

    • Brake master cylinder: The master cylinder is inspected for leaks and proper operation.

    • Brake calipers and wheel cylinders: These components are examined for proper operation and any signs of leakage.

  2. Brake Lights Inspection:

    • Brake lights: The brightness, functionality, and proper alignment of the brake lights are checked.

    • Brake light switch: The brake light switch is inspected to ensure it activates the brake lights when the brake pedal is pressed.

    • Wiring and connections: The wiring and electrical connections for the brake lights are inspected for damage, corrosion, and proper functioning.

  3. Taillights and Turn Signals Inspection:

    • Taillights and turn signals: The brightness and functionality of the taillights and turn signals are checked.

    • Wiring and connections: The wiring and electrical connections for the taillights and turn signals are inspected for damage, corrosion, and proper functioning.

  4. Headlights Inspection:

    • Headlights: The brightness, alignment, and functionality of the headlights are checked.

    • High beams and low beams: Both high and low beam settings are inspected.

    • Wiring and connections: The wiring and electrical connections for the headlights are inspected for damage, corrosion, and proper functioning.

  5. Hazard lights and indicators:

    • Hazard lights, turn signal indicators, and other related lights are checked for proper operation.

  6. Reflectors and lenses:

    • The condition of reflectors, lenses, and any covers is inspected to ensure they are not cracked, broken, or missing.

  7. License Plate Lights:

    • License plate lights are checked for brightness and functionality.

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