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Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.

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Surprising Details That Might Be Inspected for a Vehicle's Roadworthy Certificate

by Margie White

Getting a vehicle's roadworthy certificate is often necessary if you want to renew the vehicle's registration or resell that vehicle. As you might expect, this roadworthy certificate checks major components like the brakes and steering; however, there are a few other details that might be checked during this inspection, and which might surprise you to know are part of that inspection. Note a few of those details here, so you know what you might be facing by way of needed repairs before your vehicle passes inspection.

Wiring

If the electrical systems of your car all operate as they should, you may assume this is all that's needed for the vehicle to pass inspection. This isn't necessarily true, as an inspection may check the vehicle's wiring for needed grounding and proper and safe insulation. Wires can be exposed and without proper ground wires and yet still deliver power to various parts under the hood, so don't assume that working headlights, wipers, and other such pieces mean that the car will pass inspection. You might have an auto electrician check the car for essential repairs and updates before getting the roadworthy inspection, as needed.

Battery

As with the wiring, you may assume that a working battery is sufficient for getting a roadworthy certificate. This, too, isn't necessarily the case, as battery acid and the chemicals in batteries are very caustic and dangerous, so leaks and improper mounting can also be dangerous to vehicle owners. This is why an inspection of the battery's overall condition and placement in the vehicle may be included in the roadworthy inspection, and not just an inspection of the battery's power itself.

Nonessential equipment

Nonessential equipment in a vehicle may be inspected, to ensure it is safe and doesn't pose a danger to the driver or a hazard to the environment. For example, air conditioners may be checked to note if they are leaking coolant, as this can be hazardous to the environment. Added features such as cameras or navigational systems may be checked to note if they can be switched off during driving, so they don't cause a distraction, or to see if they would obstruct a driver's view. Even the horn is often checked, as this piece may be nonessential for driving, but is used to keep you safe of from a potential collision. If your vehicle has any nonessential parts that are not working properly, check with a roadworthy certificate inspector to note if they would be checked as part of its inspection.

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