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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.

How to check and maintain your tyre tread and condition

Last updated 01/06/2020

The majority of drivers leave tyres to the professionals. While this makes sense in many situations, it can actually improve your safety – and save you some time and money – if you learn how to conduct a DIY check.

Tyres need to be inspected regularly, and if you’re on the ball, you could prevent tyre damage, punctures, and total blowouts. You could also end up improving fuel efficiency and performance while you’re at it.

Do your tyres need to be inspected? Search and buy tyres online, call our expert team on 13 13 28 or find your nearest store.

 

The legal tyre tread requirements in Australia

Having a worn out tyre tread isn’t just unsafe, it’s also illegal. In Australia, all tyres require a minimum tread depth of at least 1.5mm. Most tyres are now even fitted with tread wear indicators, so it’s easy for anyone to tell if they’re breaking the law.

Wear indicators are small blocks of rubber within the tread of a tyre at certain points around the tyre. As a tyre wears, these blocks get closer and ultimately become even with the surface of the tyre. If the blocks are in line with the rest of the tyre, it is time for new tyres.

Your tyre tread is what makes your grip so good on a wet road. Without it, a rainy day could result in a serious accident, which is why the legal requirement exists.

While you’re checking the tread, make sure there are no other signs of damage on the tyre, too.

Tips for maintaining your tyres

Maintaining your tyres correctly not only saves you money in the long run, it could also save your life! Try the following tips if you want to make your tyres last longer:

Keep your tyres inflated to avoid damage

Under-inflated tyres are more prone to damage and blowouts, so make sure you’re always checking your tyre pressure and inflating them where necessary. Your tyre manufacturer’s placard, usually found inside the driver’s door or in the glove box will specify the ideal pressure.

Bear in mind that over-inflation is also harmful to tyres. You’ll need to get in the hang of checking regularly and maintaining the perfect tyre pressure.

Rotate your tyres

Tyres will wear out differently depending on whether they’re located at the front or rear of the vehicle. Switching the rear tyres with the front tyres can give them new life and make them last a little bit longer.

Change your driving habits

If you’re a fan of the sudden brake, taking sharp corners, and driving too fast over speed bumps, it’s time to change your ways. All of these things cause your tyres to wear out prematurely. You should also take care when driving around potholes or on unsealed roads.

Get your wheel alignment checked regularly

Having your wheel alignment checked regularly is a great way to keep your tyres going a little bit longer. Tyres that aren’t in correct wheel alignment are more prone to damage and wear. Just ask your mechanic to perform it as part of your annual service

What about the spare tyre?

Your spare tyre’s pressure should be checked regularly, along with your other tyres, as you never know when you may need it. If your spare tyre is more than ten years old, it should be replaced, even if you’ve never used it. The same goes for your regular tyres – if they are more than ten years old, even if the tread looks good, you should still have them replaced.


Need new tyres for your car?

mycar has a wide range of quality tyres including Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Kumho, Diamondback and Viking for cars, SUVs, 4x4 and commercial vehicles. Our pricing includes tyre fitting, environmentally friendly old tyre disposal, the mycar price guarantee, Flybuys points for every dollar spent and selected tyres qualify for our Tyre Care Plan.

Find the mycar near me for new tyres

If your car needs new tyres you can now buy and book your tyre fitting online, at one of over 260 convenient locations around Australia. We also have a mobile tyre service in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that can come to you at home or work. If you would prefer to talk to one of our tyre experts call 13 13 28 or find your nearest mycar store.

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