Vehicle Inspection Services at Lopez Auto Clinic

In certain states, routine safety inspections and emissions assessments are mandated for automobiles and trucks. At Lopez Auto Clinic, our team is not only well-equipped but also trained to execute these inspections. Our skilled technicians can also perform comprehensive multi-point inspections on your vehicles as required.

These are some of the inspection services we offer.


TX State Inspection Station
TX state inspection stations are privately owned establishments, certified by the government, that administer state inspections across TX. Lopez Auto Clinic is recognized as an TX state inspection station. If you require a state inspection, we invite you to visit our auto shop or contact us at 979-542-8800.

Exhaust Related FAQs

What is a rough idle?
A rough idle describes a vehicle's engine with spark plugs that are not firing correctly when the vehicle is in park, with no gas applied. Most vehicles idle between 600 and 1,200 RPM and should hold their idle speed consistently.

Can you put any exhaust on any car?
Not every exhaust will fit every car. Compatibility isn't just about car make and model; engine specs, optional extras, and even trim levels can influence the fit. Make sure you consider not just the make and model, but also engine details, fancy extras, and even trim levels before getting your heart set on a shiny new system.

Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?
The most common reason for thick smoke coming out of your car's exhaust pipe is the fuel to air ratio in your engine is too rich. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This is caused by a cracked or leaking fuel injector, a failing O2 sensor, or air filter that needs replacing.

Catalytic Converter FAQs

Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?
A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At Lopez Auto Clinic we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in Giddings, Bastrop, Brenham and Carmine. Exhaust gases will not escape easily and create an increase in exhaust gas pressure. The buildup in pressure can lead to high-cost repair bills in the future.

What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?
A catalytic converter helps reduce harmful engine emissions from entering the air by breaking down the harmful byproduct of internal combustion into less-harmful compounds. If your catalytic converter isn't working properly the check engine light will come on. The most common causes for a catalytic convert warning light to display are a clogged, cracked or melted converter. Sometimes the problem isn't the catalytic converter at all but an exhaust leak letting gases out of the system before it reaches the converter.

What happens to your car after the catalytic converter gets taken?
Removing the catalytic converter has a dramatic impact on your vehicle's acoustics. A deep, loud roar replaces the engine's usual hum, intensifying as you accelerate. Additionally, expect rough transitions and sputtering sounds when shifting gears, indicating impaired performance and potential engine damage.

To learn more about our Inspection and Emission services, call us at 979-542-8800 or request a quote by clicking below:


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What our clients are saying about us

We have established longterm and stable partnerships with various clients thanks to our excellence in solving their automotive needs!

Granted my vehicle is not exactly new, but, I would not take it anywhere else for work to be done. I usually work on my own vehicles but I am no longer able to do the larger jobs. I brought my car to the guys at Lopez because of word of mouth from other old car guys. I asked them to replace my clutch, leaf springs, and shocks. This is not an easy task on these older vehicles being the parts are not they are on todays cars. They found other problem that had issues for the car to handle properly and they have always contacted me to let me know their concerns. They will not let a vehicle leave their business unless it done to the customers satisfaction. It is refreshing to find a business that still has this kind of ethics. Bravo... quotes-image
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Joel and his folks/family took wonderful care of our car this weekend. We had transmission trouble while driving between Houston and Austin on a Saturday. We called, and they were not only able to get us in with little notice, they were able to get us repaired and back on the road at a reasonable price! I spoke with Joel and at least a half dozen other employees while we were there, and they were all friendly, professional, and awesome to deal with. I can't recommend them highly enough! God Bless.quotes-image
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