Preparing for the technical inspection
There are a few things you should check beforehand if
you want to make sure your vehicle passes its technical inspection.
Indeed, 23% of light vehicles that fail the technical inspection have some sort of problem with their braking equipment and 19.4% a problem with their lights, reflective systems or electronics, whilst as many as 26.5% fail because of problems with their axles, wheels, tyres or suspension.
Tyres and exhaust
Check your tyres:
Are they unusually misshapen (any tears or signs of irregular use, etc.) or are they out of proportion?
Is the depth of the tread less than 1.6mm?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you should change these tyres, remembering that tyres mounted on the same axle must be of an identical brand and structure.
With regards to your exhaust pipe, this should show no signs of any piercing and must be firmly fixed in place!
Lights and indicators
Check that all of your vehicle’s lights are working correctly:
- Dipped headlights
- Main beams
- Side lights (front and rear)
- Brake lights
- Indicators (front and rear)
- Hazard lights
- Third brake light, if you have one
- Fog lights, if you have them
- Rear number plate light
- Rear and side reflectors
Last but not least, check that your horn is working correctly.
Think about changing any faulty bulbs and repairing any broken lights before your vehicle goes in for its technical inspection.
Have your brake pads and discs replaced if they are overly worn. If you have recently noticed that your vehicle drifts to the right or to the left when you brake, this is a sign that your brakes are in poor condition. Have your brake pads and discs checked by a professional who will be able to tell you if they need changing before the technical inspection.
You should also check the level of brake fluid in the tank.
Check the condition of your windscreen (looking for any signs of cracks or chips), the visibility through the vehicle’s other windows, the condition of your rear-view mirrors and that they are firmly fixed in place, that your windscreen wipers are in good condition and working correctly, and that your screen wash tank is full.
Check that all of the vehicle’s seatbelts are working correctly, including the height adjustment feature, and that they are firmly fastened in place.
You should also ensure that all seats are correctly fixed in place. If you have a baby or child’s seat installed we would recommend that you remove it before taking your vehicle in for its technical inspection.
Structure and bodywork
Check that all of your doors, as well as the bonnet, boot and tailgate, open and close properly (both inside and out). The bodywork should not have any protruding parts that could injury a third party.