Replacing Seat Belts and Upgrading Safety Features: Auto Safety

What Is Most Likely to Cause a Vehicle Inspection to Fail?

If you drive your car in any of the states or territories across Australia, then it is your duty and responsibility to ensure that it is roadworthy. Still, while this may be ultimately up to you, the government also needs to have its say and requires cars of a certain age to undergo an inspection as well. If you are approaching that all-important inspection date, you may wonder if your car is going to pass and, more specifically, what may cause it to fail. Certain problem areas do seem to crop up again and again during these vehicle inspections, and you should pay attention to these before you head off to the test.

Tyre Condition

To begin with, look at the most obvious parts — those five tyres. Your tires endure a considerable amount of wear and tear. To begin with, ensure that you have enough tread depth, but take some time to look at the sidewall on both sides of the wheel to look for any other anomalies as well. If you see any cuts or bulges, then you will need to change those tyres, as they will probably fail the test.

Suspension and Steering

Remember, the inspector is not checking to see if your car is in perfect mechanical condition, but they are on the lookout for any safety issues. Therefore, they will pay a lot of attention to the suspension and steering, and you should do so as well.

The steering design itself is quite complex and does use several components that are designed to deteriorate as time goes by. In particular, bearings and rubber bushings are prone to failure, so you should check the condition of these before you present the vehicle to the inspector. While you are at it, make sure that your power steering system is still in good working order, that the hydraulic fluid is topped up and that there are no evident leaks.

Lamps, Lights, and Brakes

Finally, check to see that all of the lights and lamps are working perfectly, and you may need somebody to help you when it comes to the brakes. These parts are relatively easy to change if need be, and you need to do so before your inspection if you come across a failing part.

Preparatory Service

To be as sure as possible, take your vehicle in for a full service and let the professionals have a look. Your car or truck may be overdue for some attention anyway, but it may well help you to pass your test on the first go around.