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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.

Wheel alignment v wheel balance

Last updated 01/06/2020

What is a wheel balance?

Every time a new tyre gets fitted to a wheel it must be rebalanced. If your vehicle has a shake through the steering wheel, the wheels might need to be rebalanced.

This is simply done by taking the wheel off the vehicle and placing it on a wheel balancing machine. The wheel is then spun by the machine for approximately 10seconds to see if the wheel is on balanced when it is rotating, like it would on a vehicle. This then gives a read out of how many and where the weights need to be placed to ensure that the wheel rotates evenly.

What is a wheel Alignment?

Basically a properly adjusted wheel alignment will keep your steering wheel and tyres in the straight ahead position and prolong tyre life.

With your steering wheel in the straight ahead position your front and back wheels should also be straight. To the naked eye the wheels may look to be straight but if the wheels are as little as 1mm outside of manufacturer recommendations this may be enough to cause your tyres to wear prematurely.

The three angles that are checked and adjusted if applicable are toe, caster and camber.

What is tyre toe?

The most common angle that is adjusted is toe:

Positive toe, or toe in, is the front of the wheel pointing in towards the center of the vehicle. Negative toe, or toe out, is the front of the wheel pointing away from the center of the vehicle.

What is the caster?

Caster very simply is the movement of a wheel forwards or backwards. If wheels have uneven caster, then the wheel with the most caster will try and steer the vehicle away from that side causing a pulling effect.

What is the camber?

Camber angle is the tilt of the front wheels, inwards or outwards this is noticeable when viewed from the front of the vehicle. If the top of the wheel is tilted out this is called positive camber. If the top of the wheel is tilted in this is called negative camber. Uneven camber angles tend to cause the vehicle to steer towards the side with more camber (this is just the opposite to the tendency caused by uneven caster).

Note: In some vehicles the caster and camber can only be checked and not adjusted, vehicle manufacturers have pre-set these angles with no provision for adjustment. In many cases there are aftermarket kits available to be fitted to the vehicle in order to allow for adjustment.

Types of wheel alignment available in our stores

There are two types of wheel alignments that mycar stores can perform, a thrust wheel (two)alignment and a four-wheel adjustment.

Two wheel alignment

Basically the thrust wheel alignment aligns the front wheels to line up with the back wheels to ensure that all wheels are centered.

Four-wheel alignment

The four-wheel adjustment, individually adjusts all four wheels to the manufacturers specifications.

Does your car need a wheel balance or a wheel alignment? Or both?

If your car needs a wheel balance and/or a wheel alignment, contact one of our experts today on 13 13 28 or find your nearest store.

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 store near me for tyres, wheel alignments and wheel balances

If your car needs new tyres, a wheel alignment or a wheel balance, you can now buy tyres 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, our (mobile tyre fitters can fit your tyres and do wheel balances only). 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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