In Australia, each state carries out its own vehicle inspection. The requirements vary according to the age and class of the vehicle. A little fault in your vehicle might be putting your life and that of other people at risk so it is important to inspect your vehicle if you suspect any of these things are not working properly.
Genesis Autoworks Coorparoo offers comprehensive vehicle inspections that meet government approval. Check-in your vehicle for an inspection if you notice any of the following signs.
The engine oil is the lubricant that reduces friction in the engine. Every morning before starting your vehicle engine, check the engine oil level. If it below the optimum level, top it off. If you notice however that the oil keeps falling below the optimum level, take the vehicle in for inspection.
Tire Air Pressure
Each vehicle has a recommended approved tire pressure required to make tires run smoothly. If the tire pressure is over the recommended level, it leads to a tire blowout. If the tire pressure is low, it damages the tire, rim, and hinders the vehicle movement.
When the tire pressure is either lower or higher, get your vehicle in for inspection. This also includes the air pressure of the spare tire.
Tire Tread Depth
The depth of the tire tread helps with the tire’s grip on the road. Constant friction due to braking and friction on the road wears down the tread depth. By law, vehicle owners should change their tires when the tread depth is 1.6mm.
Check your tire tread depth daily if it falls below the required depth get the vehicle in for a tire change.
The headlights are necessary for seeing the roads at night, during a storm, or letting a vehicle coming from the other direction of your presence. Normally headlights have different intensities low, medium, and full or high.
Check that the three headlight levels are working properly, if it isn’t or it is not coming on at all get the vehicle in for an inspection. Apart from when headlights, vehicle turn indicators or signals are important.
Check that they come on when indicated; if it doesn’t you know what to do.
Clean your windshields in and out every day before driving off. Inspect the windshield closely for cracks if there are any cracks get the vehicle in for inspection.
The vehicle horn alerts other users to the presence of your vehicle. Check your vehicle horn every day to ascertain it works properly.
Seat belts are an important safety tool in vehicles that keeps passengers safe during accidents. Check that the seat belt latch, emergency restraint, and other mechanisms are working properly.
Rear Vision Mirrors
Rearview mirrors help the driver see other vehicles behind, clean properly to avoid blurred vision. Get a replacement for any damaged mirror.
Brakes and Parking Brakes
Brakes are essential in any vehicle; if it isn’t functioning properly, the effects are disastrous. Check your brakes and parking brakes every day, it is very important. Also, on lonely roads try to confirm that your vehicle’s Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) works properly.
Any signs that the brakes or parking brake are less than 100% get it inspected.
Instrument Panel Gauges/ Warning Lights
The instrument cluster on the dashboard relays information to the driver about the car’s condition. The speedometer measures vehicle speed, the fuel gauge measures the fuel level. There’s a temperature gauge, a gauge to measure the number of engine revolutions per minute.
There are also warning lights like check engine, airbags, oil, battery, etc. Check the instrument cluster carefully after starting the engine, any warning light needs to address in a garage. If the gauges don’t work also, take the vehicle in.
Any damage to the body of the vehicle due to accidents or any other reason should be taken in for inspection.
When your vehicle passes inspections, it is for some time usually a year. When that year passes all the documents like vehicle insurance expire. Check your vehicle documents; it is an offense to drive around with expired papers
When you start your vehicle’s engine, listen to its sound carefully. If any strange sounds are coming from the engine take it in for inspection. If the tailpipe emits black smoke, take it in for inspection.
Vehicle safety is very essential not just for the owner or driver but for other road users too. There are other things to check in a vehicle apart from those listed, parking light, oil leakage, windshield wipers, coolant and washer level, etc.
The list is quite long, but at the end of the day, the result for getting all these things checked is a vehicle safe for all users.