I went for an inspection on my 2005 Honda CRV. It did not pass Inspection.

The reason the inspection did not pass was because I need front ball joint replacements. My mechanic is not using HONDA original parts because he said I would not get car back today and the HONDA parts will be a few hundred dollars more. Will my 2005 HONDA CRV be in jeopordy because he will not use HONDA ball joints?

My car has 63000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Hi there. In short, no; the car will not be in risk of failing a safety inspection because an aftermarket ball joint was used. The only time using aftermarket parts can cause a failure is if they are O2 sensors or other emissions related components; as some times they have connectivity issues with the ECU.

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Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 CR-V vehicles. The rear subframe bolts were improperly manufactured and may loosen, allowing the rear subframe to separate. A separated rear subframe reduces vehicle handling and can suddenly disable the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
The check engine light is constantly on: Your vehicle`s onboard diagnostic system has determined something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Although your vehicle may seem to be operating fine, it`s best to bring it in for service as soon as possible to prevent additional issues.
Honda is recalling nearly 564,000 of its older model CR-V sport utility vehicles because road salt can cause the frame to rust and rear suspension parts to come loose.
Honda CR-V

The Honda CRV can run for well over 200,000 miles and, if maintained with a lot of tender love and care, it can keep chugging along even past 300,000 miles.

Best Year Used CR-V: 2005-2006

If you want an unbeatable deal on a tried-and-true SUV, then look for the 2005 to 2006 model year. This generation can be the best year Honda CR-V to buy used for budget-conscious drivers because of the high fuel economy figures, steady performance, and inexpensive maintenance.

So, as they deteriorate and lose functionality, you`ll experience a few side effects while driving: Clunking or rattling noises when going over bumps or driving on rough roads; Very faint clicking noise at 20 mph – 30 mph (extremely hard to notice);
A cracked subframe can indeed be welded. However, this is only advisable if you caught the issue early on. If the damage is minor, patching it up won`t compromise the integrity of the subframe in the long run.
A steady glow typically means something less serious but a flashing check engine light indicates that your vehicle`s engine is in serious trouble and service is needed immediately. If your check engine light is flashing in your Honda CRV, we highly recommend not to drive the vehicle and schedule Honda service today.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp: Also known as the Check Engine light, this Honda CR-V dashboard warning light looks like a yellow car engine, and it will come on when there`s a problem with the emissions control system. If a misfire in the engine is detected, this warning light will blink.
The Honda CR-V is a best-selling SUV that can reach 300,000 miles and beyond, or 17 to 20 years, with proper maintenance.
Honda CR-V 2004-2007 Mileage

The CR-V 2004-2007 mileage is 10.1 to 13.1 kmpl. The Automatic Petrol variant has a mileage of 13.1 kmpl. The Manual Petrol variant has a mileage of 13.1 kmpl.

Fuel Economy: Honda CR-V is one of the most economical SUVs. The EPA rates the 2005 AWD Honda CR-V with an automatic transmission at 20/25 mpg or 11.8/9.4 liters per 100 km. This means that you can drive for 303 miles (487 km) on one full 15.3-gallon (57.9L) tank of gas.
Yes, it is! In fact, RepairPal`s reliability rating is high for this affordably-priced Honda SUV. The CR-V has an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 or “excellent,” and ranks second out of 26 evaluated compact SUVs. So it`s definitely a reliable car and an excellent investment for Red Bank drivers!
According to the Honda maintenance schedule, your Honda`s timing belt and water pump generally needs to be inspected and/or replaced every 7 years or 60,000-100,000 miles traveled.
The severity of damage

It may last for a few years but, sooner or later, you will have to replace the subframe. However, major subframe damage can severely compromise the integrity of the attached parts, and even endanger the passengers. In these cases, complete subframe replacement is strongly recommended.

When car frames bend it can cause creaking, squeaking, or other unusual noises. The sounds can come from either side, front, and rear. If you`ve heard any of these unusual noises you should get your frame checked by an auto body shop.
We would expect a wooden subframe to maintain its strength and be fit for use for around 5-10 years. The main reason for its short lifespan, is that wood is very susceptible to rot.
Visible Bending Or Damage

Walk around your car and look for signs of rust, cracks, or creases in the frame and exterior, which typically indicate frame problems. Then, look under your vehicle for signs of damage on the bottom of the frame, which can include missing or bent components.

First the frame must be sandblasted, and the rusted sections cut away from the frame. Then, using the SafeTCap® Frame Repair Kit from Automotive Rust Technicians, the frame is prepped and capped. The SafeTCap is welded to the frame, restoring it to “like new” condition.
The simple answer is, No. If the car frame is damaged, this reduces optimal drivability, and it presents a risk to the driver and occupants on the road. Along with these risks, frame damage can cause additional mechanical problems to your vehicle if not taken care of soon.
The subframe is the structure below the frame that supports the axle, suspension, and powertrain.
A loose gas cap is one of the most common reasons for the check engine light to go on. Check that your gas cap is screwed on securely and that it`s in good condition. If you have a tank of bad gas in the car, your check engine light may come on.
A Blinking VSA Light on the Console

If you see the VSA light blinking on your Honda`s console, there`s no need to worry that it`s a fault or other warning. The flashing light simply means that the system has activated and is helping the car to steer more safely.

Check your gas cap first. Many vehicles have a loose gas cap indicator that will be triggered before your check engine light comes on. If your gas cap is loose or the seal is not tight, the vapor leakage can cause your fuel system to trigger the check engine light.

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I went for an inspection on my 2005 Honda CRV. It did not pass Inspection.
ANSWER : Hi there. In short, no; the car will not be in risk of failing a safety inspection because an aftermarket ball joint was used. The only time using aftermarket parts can cause a failure is if they are O2 sensors or other emissions related components; as some times they have connectivity issues with the ECU.

My honda civic 2012 has check DRL system. I am wondering if it will pass emission inspection. I am in Virginia
ANSWER : Hi There,
As you may know, the check DRL indication your vehicle is giving you means that the computer is not recognizing some part of the daytime running light function. This is related to the vehicle’s automatic daytime light function and should not impact your emissions test as it separate system not related to any of the emissions components.

Hello my horn doesn’t work but I brought a horn button. Could it pass inspection?
ANSWER : Hi there. As long as the window is able to go up and down regardless of speed and as long as the vehicle has a horn that can operate, then the vehicle is inspection ready for the horn and the window.

DMTL and oil filter housing and pan gasket need fixing – what is essential to pass the inspection?
ANSWER : Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. There are two inspections to pass, the safety inspection and emissions inspection.

For the safety inspection, the station is required to check but is not limited to: tire quality, brake lights, headlamps, turn signals, windshield wipers, window quality, the horn, and the emissions.

If the oil pan is leaking too much, the oil filter housing is damaged or leaking too much, and the DMLT pump leaking, then they can flag the vehicle until the items are fixed.

If you cleaned the oil pan and cleaned the oil filter housing (unless the housing is broken then it needs replaced), then those would be fine for inspection. However, the DMLT pump needs replaced due to emissions evaporative leak.

I recommend cleaning the oil pan, cleaning the oil filter housing, and replacing the DMLT pump, pass the inspection, then replace the oil pan gasket and replace the oil filter housing in that sequence. If needed, you may want to have a second mechanic pinpoint the existing fault(s) and confirm the needed repairs so that this can be corrected properly the first time.

To get an approximation of these costs, you can enter your vehicle’s information on our estimator page and then select the services that you’d like to receive a quote for.

Does my Honda Odyssey 2005 touring carry a smog/air pump? It makes a "Jake brake" kind of sound when the ECO light comes on! 2005 Honda Odyssey
ANSWER : Hello – your Honda Odyssey does indeed have a secondary air pump on less than 6 cylinders to save fuel (ECO=economy mode). Perhaps there is a hole in an exhaust system component which is causing the unusual noise, or the check valve in the air pump system is faulty. If so, I recommend an exhaust inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Will it damage my Honda Civic Hybrid 2005 engine to drive it with a bad lifter? 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
ANSWER : Hi there – no, a tapping valve lifter won’t cause direct damage per se, but will run less efficiently (on that cylinder) while clearance is excessive and tapping occurs. Since the lifters are adjustable, you would certainly want to have the lifters adjusted to proper clearance at any point the valve cover leaks, and needs the gasket replaced, or if any engine misfire is detected. I recommend a valve adjustment service performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, and perform this service – which includes a new valve cover gasket.

Check Engine Light on 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring Van.
ANSWER : Hello, thanks for writing in. You do not need to use high grade of gasoline. The problems you are having may be due to the adding of the Techron which is causing any water in the fuel to disperse and be burned by the engine. This can cause erratic misfires and the Check Engine Light to come on.

The Techron itself should not be a problem, the possibility of water in the fuel tank is the real issue. Run the fuel you have in the tank out until you have less than 1/4 of a tank left then fill it up with regular fuel. See how the engine runs and if the Check Engine Light clears. Then drive the car to see if it comes back on. Do not do any work on the car until you do what I stated to do.

If the problem persists, have the Check Engine Light diagnosed by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, who can come service your car at the convenience of your own home.

Why does the emission inspection failed almost every time its due for DMV inspection?
ANSWER : Hi there:

Honestly, the lack of consistent driving could be the reason why you have frequent emissions issues. If the car does not run frequently and have an opportunity to circulate built up carbon deposits on the inside of the fuel injection system or exhaust system, failed emissions testing may be the result. The best thing to do is to drive your vehicle once or twice per week about a month or so before your emissions testing is needed. Also, it’s a good idea to replace air filters frequently before emissions testing is completed. This article is a good one that helps many car owners learn what they can do to help improve emissions testing.