5 Most Common Causes of WoF Failure

5 Most Common Causes of WoF Failure

A Warrant of Fitness (WoF) is a regular inspection conducted on vehicles in New Zealand to ensure their roadworthiness and safety. Whilst many car owners see it as an inconvenient chore, it’s worth remembering WoFs are for your safety. Every vehicle owner needs to maintain a valid WoF, renewed annually or every six months, depending on the vehicle’s age. Book yours for a Wof at Drury Tires to receive a free 12-point safety check. If your vehicle fails to pass its WoF, there could be a number of reasons why. Here are the most common causes of WoF failure in New Zealand.

Tyre Condition

One of the leading causes of WoF failure is poor tyre condition. Worn-out or damaged tyres pose a significant risk to road safety. Our inspectors check for adequate tread depth, even wear, and no visible signs of damage. It is crucial for vehicle owners to regularly monitor their tyre condition, ensuring they meet the minimum legal requirements. If you need new tyres, we have an extensive range of affordable and high-quality tyres available

Brake Issues

Problems with the braking system account for a significant portion of WoF failures. Insufficient brake pad thickness, worn brake discs or drums, leaks in the hydraulic system and malfunctioning handbrakes are some common issues. Regular maintenance and timely replacement of brake components are necessary to avoid WoF failures and ensure safe driving.

Lighting and Electrical Faults

Non-functional or misaligned headlights, brake lights, indicators and taillights are common reasons for WoF failure. Regularly checking and replacing faulty bulbs, repairing damaged wiring and keeping electrical components in good working order is essential.

Suspension and Steering Components

Faulty suspension and steering components can lead to unpredictable handling and compromised vehicle control. Excessive play in the steering wheel, worn-out ball joints, damaged shock absorbers and ineffective suspension systems are often flagged during WoF inspections. Timely repairs and replacements are crucial to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle.

Seatbelt Condition

Seatbelts are a crucial safety feature that must be in good working order. Damaged or frayed seatbelts, faulty buckles and retractors that do not function properly can result in a WoF failure. Ensuring seatbelts are well-maintained, regularly inspected and promptly replaced when necessary is essential for both safety and WoF compliance.

Regular maintenance, timely repairs, and being proactive about vehicle safety are key to avoiding unnecessary WoF failures and promoting responsible driving practices. Get in touch with us today to book a mechanical or WoF inspection.