Your vehicle will fail a Massachusetts inspection test for this


I remember when I inherited my dad’s 2003 Toyota Tundra. Preparing it for the road was a bit difficult due to the fact that it needs some work, including some specifics to get it through the Massachusetts inspection.

The fact that it had an exhaust issue with oxygen sensors triggering the check engine light wasn’t an issue for me because in Massachusetts if a vehicle is 15 years or older it doesn’t you don’t have to pass the shows to get a valid sticker.

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If you think about it, it’s pretty cool that Massachusetts has this emissions law that if your vehicle is over 15 years old, it doesn’t have to pass. Very often, high exhaust prices break the banks of owners of older vehicles. I don’t know if that’s why Massachusetts put this law in place, but at least it helps.

  • Ball joints…good
  • Wipers…good
  • Turn signals…good
  • Horn… good
  • Emergency braking… good
  • Mirrors…good
  • Headlights…good

Now, having a cap on your truck is not illegal; however, my cap, like most, has a third brake light, and that was the problem. My third brake light didn’t work, so they let me down! A nice big “R” sticker for me until I order the replacement part and have it re-inspected.

If you have a third brake light, it must be functional pass the Massachusetts inspection. So, keep in mind that before you head into the inspection bay, check that third brake light!

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