CVIP (Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program) inspections are critical for ensuring that commercial vehicles comply with provincial safety regulations. And while some commercial vehicles will pass inspections with flying colours, many are surprised to find that their vehicle fails inspection due to unexpected issues.
At West Tech Mobile, we are a leader in CVIP inspections - and we want to help you avoid any unexpected failures. Here are some of the most common CVIP inspection failures and how you can avoid them:
1) Brake System Failures
The braking system is one of the most frequent areas of failure in CVIP inspections. This might be due to inadequate maintenance, worn-out brake pads, maladjusted brakes, or leaks in the brake lines. It's crucial to regularly check your brake system's integrity, as brake failure can lead to serious accidents.
There are a variety of components that may fail the CVIP brake system inspection. It's essential to have regular maintenance inspections to make sure all components are functioning properly and are up-to-date.
Ensure all brake parts (including pads and shoes) are in good condition, and if any defects or leaks appear, they should be addressed immediately.
2) Tire Condition Failures
Another common cause of failure in CVIP inspections is the condition of the tires. Tires worn, cracked, or tread depth below 4/32nds are likely to fail inspection. Additionally, any tires with bulges, chunks missing from their sidewalls, or that are otherwise damaged may also be rejected.
To avoid failed tire inspections during your CVIP appointment, make sure to inspect your tires yourself regularly. Check for signs of wear, such as uneven tire wear or cracking, and replace any worn-out tires. And always check the tread depth with a quality gauge before you arrive for your CVIP appointment.
3) Defective Lighting
CVIP regulations require all vehicle lighting to be in proper working order. You may not think about your lights that often - but when they go out, you'll quickly realize their importance.
If any of your vehicle's lights are out or not functioning properly, it will likely fail the CVIP inspection. It's important to regularly check all your exterior and interior lighting components, including:
4) Suspension Issues
Suspension components - including shocks, struts, and springs - play a vital role in the safety and performance of your vehicle. If any of these components are defective or worn, it may result in a failed CVIP inspection.
To avoid suspension-related issues at your next CVIP appointment, check all your suspension components regularly for signs of wear or damage. Here's what to look for when checking each component of your vehicle's suspension system:
5) Exhaust System Problems
Issues with the exhaust system, such as leaks or excessive emissions, are a one-way ticket to a failed CVIP inspection.
To avoid problems with your vehicle's exhaust system, check for any visible signs of damage or corrosion. This includes checking for any cracks, holes, or rust in the muffler and ensuring there's no visible smoke coming from the tailpipe.
It's also important to check your vehicle's oxygen sensor regularly, as a faulty one can cause an increase in emissions which may result in a failed CVIP inspection. If you're unsure what to look for when inspecting your vehicle's exhaust system, having an experienced technician take a look is best.
6) Steering Mechanism
Did you know any vehicle steering mechanism issues can lead to a failed inspection? This is actually a common problem, and it's critical to check the following components to ensure they're in top shape:
Handle All Of your CVIP Issues with West Tech Mobile in Calgary
Remember, passing your CVIP inspection isn't just about following rules; it's about ensuring the safety and efficiency of your vehicle on the road. Regular maintenance and pre-inspection checks can significantly reduce the chance of failing a CVIP inspection.
West Tech Mobile is your trusted partner in Calgary for all your CVIP inspection and vehicle maintenance needs.
Let us help you maintain your vehicle to the highest safety and performance standards - keeping you on the road and protecting your investment. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule your inspection!