Vehicle safety program doesn't seem t...

Vehicle safety program doesn't seem to pass inspection

There are 27 comments on the The Morning Call story from Nov 2, 2007, titled Vehicle safety program doesn't seem to pass inspection. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Q: I used to be a certified Pennsylvania safety and emissions inspector at several garages in Allentown.

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altlandf

Enola, PA

#22 Oct 13, 2008
In the inspection regulation handbook. Subchapter D Catagory 4 (ii). This regulation makes it illegal to require unnessary repairs to pass inspection. If this was enforced there would be so many stations and mechanics suspended there would be no where to get your vehicle inspected. On April 25 my brother went to see why his car was getting bad gas mileage. They said the tune-up was ok and they adjusted the rear brakes so they say. They said by the way the car passes inspection. So my brother got the inspection. I heard them tell him the front brakes needed attention. They were 3/32 R. This was not indicated on the reciept like the law requires. May 6 I was replacing the front brakes. Had I waited until the weekend his front brakes would have been metal on metal or lost his brakes all together. The parking brakes didn't even work either. Complaining to Penn Dot is a joke. Call a phone number up. Someone from MCI calls you back. Finally a QAO officer calls you and tells you that if there is nothing wrong with the vehicle ou have to pay again. But if there is they remove the sticker. Most places have a certain amount of sales a mechanic must have or they are fired or don't make much money.
GET A LIFE

Middleburg, PA

#23 Jan 18, 2010
Jeez wrote:
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In a FWD with two other motor mounts? Not to mention it would be impossible to actually break loose, it was the rubber that failed not the mechanical fasteners.
Thanks for playing.
Really, you don't know shit about cars... hope your mom is driving that one with the broken motor mount when it goes.. DO you know the difference between a tail pipe and a radiator cap? Yeah the motor may not do a 360, but boy it can reek havoc, have fun with that one!! Oh, almost forgot, NJ sucks!
Paxton

West Mifflin, PA

#26 Feb 22, 2012
Edison wrote:
I agree the safety thing is a scam and should be scrapped. How about the new emissions test (for about 50 bucks at most places)?? They charge more than twice as much as before and all they do is use the sensors and computer ON YOUR OWN CAR to measure emissions. Now THAT'S a ripoff.
Insane, just moved here from OH, and my car is in very good condition. they found a ton of insane things wrong. It passed emissions,yet, needs whole exhaust system?? Also said needed new brakes, my husband just put new brakes on. said needs fuel line. In my whole life, I have never had to replace fuel line. I am 100 % certain that this car is safe. yet they want $$$$$ to make it legal. This is legal robbery! makes me want to move out of PA. This crap along w/OUTRAGEOUS PA car insurance!!! which tripled!!! from OH. I am not liking PA
Paxton

West Mifflin, PA

#27 Feb 22, 2012
Totally agree that this is only forcing VERY Unnecessary repairs. I feel like I am being robbed
A-Town Observer

Hellertown, PA

#28 Feb 22, 2012
Paxton wrote:
Totally agree that this is only forcing VERY Unnecessary repairs. I feel like I am being robbed
That's because you most likely took your car to a place where they will do that to make money. LOL, you need to know where to go before complaining. Fuel line? Please....that's crazy. They ARE robbing you. Lets put it like this, I NEVER had to have anything replaced in my cars to get a sticker. Don't let these crooks rob you. Find a garage that's out of the way in a lower class neighborhood. All I'm gonna say.
RelicsOnTheShelf

Pottstown, PA

#29 Mar 28, 2013
A lit license plate affects driving safety how?

Mandated trip to the car mechanics open the door wide open to high prices and unskilled mechanics.

Too many mechanics/shops rely on mandated government inspections for their business rather than competing for it which can make general car repair rates high.

More importantly having mechanics spending time checking tires takes away valuable learning time actually doing real engine repairs. The reasons many of these mechanics charge so much is that the job IS work for them because they don't have enough experience to feel comfortable or knowledgable which leaves them pooping twinkies wondering how to do something. And that's if they give a crap. What should be easy jobs are now ordeals from lack of experience.
resident

West Mifflin, PA

#30 Apr 12, 2013
GET A LIFE wrote:
<quoted text>Really, you don't know shit about cars... hope your mom is driving that one with the broken motor mount when it goes.. DO you know the difference between a tail pipe and a radiator cap? Yeah the motor may not do a 360, but boy it can reek havoc, have fun with that one!! Oh, almost forgot, NJ sucks!
You don't know shit from Shinola either, airhead!
Old rear wheel drive cars used to have motor mounts where the rubber could tear loose and let the left side of the motor lift up. If you'd been alive then, you'd know that hot-rodders used a short length of chain between the frame and motor to limit movement. More modern cars have mounts designed to compress the rubber, not pull it apart. When they fail you get a "clunk" when you put the trans in drive or shift from reverse to drive. They DO NOT permit the motor to do a "360".

Better not blow your spare change on Whippets, Tino, and order some serious motor mounts for that Camaro from Summit Racing.

New Jersey has cheaper gas than PA and they pump it for you. Deal with it, mullet head!

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