Car owners can take several steps to ensure that no defects will be found on their vehicles when they present those vehicles for a roadworthiness inspection. This article discusses some of the simple checks that you can perform prior to the roadworthiness inspection so that you avoid the inconvenience of paying for an additional inspection once you are told to fix some defects that led your car to fail the initial inspection.
Tyres and Wheels
Check the wheels on your car and confirm that each of them is securely attached to the vehicle. All the nuts securing those wheels should be free from visible defects, such as cracks and dents. The tyres should also meet the minimum tread depth required in your area. You can insert a coin in the tyres' treads so that you place that coin on a ruler to confirm that it meets the requirements.
Exhaust and Emissions Control Systems
You should also ensure that the exhaust emissions of your car don't reach the interior of the vehicle. Each of the mounts securing the exhaust system should be firm. Leaks and other forms of damage to the emissions system can endanger the people inside the car. It is therefore imperative for you to ensure that the system has no leaks. An easy way to tell if a leak exists is to listen for an abnormally high sound from the exhaust system. Reduced car power and lower fuel economy may also point to leaks within the exhaust system.
The Driveline and Engine
The drivetrain of your car should be in a good condition. There shouldn't be any vibrations from any of its components. The vehicle should be able to shift gears seamlessly during different weather conditions. No warning lights should be visible on the dashboard.
The Chassis and Body
Your vehicle should not have any unauthorised modifications on its body or chassis. The chassis and body should also be free from damage, such as cracks and extensive corrosion. The wheel guards must be properly installed. The body of the vehicle should be well aligned when it is viewed from different angles.
Seats and Seatbelts
The seats in your vehicle should not have any protrusions that can be deemed to be dangerous to the occupants of that car. The seats should also be able to adjust in the way they were designed to be adjusted. All seatbelts should be working well. No damage, such as rips and tears, should be evident on those seatbelts.
You should ask your mechanic to fix any of the defects that you find before you go to the inspection center. That mechanic can also check the other technical components, such as the steering system so that you don't get any problems when the vehicle undergo the roadworthy inspections.