How To & What Is Autocross Tech Inspection?

Earlier this year, SASCA had a self-tech get-together & cruise.  The intent was to do a Sunday morning mini-Hill Country jaunt, have everyone do an Annual Technical Inspection (so they could qualify as “self-teched” for the remainder of this year) & then eat burgers.  Well, it was too damn cold to do the tech inspection, so we all got the handout below & then ate.

IndyCar Tech Inspection

Here are the contents of that handout (this is a good reference):

2009 SASCA Self Tech Inspection for Members

Self tech does not mean no tech!

– Mike Roberts, former SASCA President

You are responsible for the condition and safety of your vehicle.
Prior to every event you will check the following:

Safety Helmet:  If you bring your own safety helmet, it must be DOT approved at a minimum.  The club provides loaner helmets for people who do not have one.

Safety Belts:  Original safety belts, at a minimum are required.  Shoulder belts are not required, if your car did not come with them, but you must have a lap belt.  Belts must be firmly attached.

Solidly Mounted Battery:  The battery must be held down properly.  If it can be moved at all, it will not pass.  There are some additional battery requirements which may affect you if you have modified your car.  The Tech Inspector will help you out with them.  No bungee cords.  Zip ties are not a permanent solution.

Legal Tires:  In Stock and Street Prepared categories, the tires must have measurable tread, and must be in good condition.  Excessive weather check or visible cord/plies will fail inspection.

Brakes:  The brake pedal must be firm, with no loss of pressure when held down.

Steering/Suspension:  The steering must be tight, with no excessive play.  Wheel bearings cannot have excessive play.

Hub Caps and Trim Rings:  Hub caps, trim rings and wheel covers must be removed for competition, unless they are bolted to the wheel.

Lug Nuts:  You must ensure that all lug nuts are present and secure.  It is also a good idea to check their torque.

Loose Items in Car:  All loose items must be removed from the passenger compartment and trunk.  This includes floor-mats.  You may remove the spare tire and jack, but you are not required to if they are properly secured.  (This includes sub boxes and other AV equipment – if not solidly mounted it needs to be removed.)

Fluid Leaks:  Excessive fluid leaks will not pass inspection.

Numbers and Class Markings:  The car numbers and class markings should be prominently displayed on both sides of the car in colors that contrast with the paint, and should be large enough to be seen from the timing trailer.  Numbers must be on both car sides and not on the windows.  Painters tape is available for people who don’t have magnetic or paper numbers.

Adequate Muffler:  Your car must be quieter than 95 dbA (RLS) measured 50 feet from the course at a place where you are under full throttle.  Due to the possibility of losing sites for noise problems, this rule is strictly enforced. (If your car is quiet enough to avoid attracting Police attention, it will most likely pass the noise requirement.)

Throttle:  Accelerator pedal (and/or under hood cable) must have a return spring and operate freely.

A tech in time saves stitches.

– Benjamin Goodwrench Franklin

These are good, no-nonsense rules to follow & will prevent a number of possible mishaps that could occur on the autocross course, if adhered to.

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