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What does a comprehensive vehicle inspection include?

The inspection will include everything the manufacturer specifies and is required for the logbook service. Everything below, and much much more!

  • 1. Test drive

    The engine, drivetrain, brakes and suspension in your vehicle will be tested to ensure that they are up to standard.

  • 2. Operational check

    The standard components of your vehicle such as seat belts, lights, wipers including washers and arm mechanism, horn will be inspected. The air/cabin filters and housing will also be checked.

  • 3. Digital battery check

    Your battery will be tested and printed results will be provided.

  • 4. Vehicle digital diagnostic scan

    A complete electronic diagnostic scan, with forefront equipment.

  • 5. Inspection of underbody

    A visual inspection will be conducted for leaks from your engine, exhaust system, fuel line and gearbox.

  • 6. Tyre pressure and tread wear check

    The condition, pressure and tread wear of your tyres (including the spare) will be inspected to ensure that it is up to the legal standard.

  • 7. Brake wear recommendation

    A precise measurement can be provided to you. This will also include a fluid condition check.

  • 8. Suspension system check

    Joints and bearings in your vehicle will be checked for any leaks.

  • 9. Final assessment of vehicle

    The wheels are cross checked and a final road test is performed to ensure quality of the service and operations performed.

Basic Car Maintenance Tips

Last updated 29/04/2020

Save yourself some time and money by following our DIY maintenance tips for your tyres, fluids, oil, brakes, battery, and lights. Some won’t take you more than five minutes – you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be!

To be clear, these tips shouldn’t replace your car’s regular service, but they can get you by in between.

If you’re experiencing issues with your car’s brakes, batteries, tyres, lights, oil or fluid give our experts a call on 13 13 28 to see how we can help, or find your nearest store.

Fluid level check tips

This is one of the simplest ways to keep your car running smoothly. It takes no more than five minutes to do and could end up preventing a major issue. Use your car’s manual to locate where each type of fluid is located and how to tell if you’re running low on:

  • Brake fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Windscreen fluid
  • Transmission fluid

Oil check and change

Checking your oil regularly is important and should be done at least once a month. To check oil levels, ensure the car is warm and parked on level ground. Give it a few minutes to settle before locating the dipstick (your manual will be able to tell you where it is), removing it, and wiping it clean. Now push the dipstick all the way back in and remove it – if it’s between the two high and low marks, it’s all good (though you might want to top up if you’re very close to the low end).

Take note of the oil condition. It should be a golden colour with a smooth consistency. If it’s dark, mud-like, or gritty, you will need to change the oil.

Tyre pressure

Tyres, including your spare, should be checked frequently to ensure there is enough air pressure and the tread has not been worn down. Tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold, so do it at home with your own pressure gauge or drive to a service station that is close by.

Pressure is commonly measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) and bar units.  The minimum requirement for your tyres will be specified by the manufacturer on a placard inside the driver’s door, petrol flap or in the glove box.

Tyre tread and wear

It’s crucial that your tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm. You’ll be able to tell if you’re nearing the legal limit by the wear indicators on your tyres. Remember to check for other obvious signs of damage and wear and tear, as these could put you at risk.

Light inspection

Make sure your external lights (such as headlights and brake lights) are in working order. If you don’t have someone to check the brake lights with you, simply check them while the rear of the car is facing a wall and you can see the reflection. In Australia, a broken brake light is a fine-worthy offence, so just give them a quick check once a week. You can also give the horn and windscreen wipers a check, while you’re at it.

Battery maintenance

Locate your car’s battery and make sure there is no mineral build up or leakage. If there is a crusty, white mineral build up, purchase a battery cleaning brush from any auto store and clean it off. This can help preserve your battery for much longer.

Brake check

It’s always a good idea to pay attention to your brakes. If your brakes are noisy or slow to respond and there’s nothing wrong with your brake fluid levels, it could be a sign that you need to get them fixed. Don’t forget to check your hand brake, too. Every now and then, park on a hill and test your hand brake to make sure it still holds.

Does your car need maintenance or car repairs?

If your car is in need of a bit of TLC (there is some weird clanging, screeching or just the old girl just doesn't go up hills like she use to), the mycar team are experts in car diagnosis and car repairs, call us on 13 13 28 or find your nearest store.

How do I find a car repair shop near me?

If your car needs checking, servicing or repairing, you’re sure to find a mycar store near you with over 260 convenient locations around Australia.

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