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WOF inspection questions

Postby RAZA » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:30 am

Hi all,

Wondering if anyone with a definite understanding of wof rules can help answer a couple of questions I have.

My girlfriend took her car for a wof the other day and the guy has failed her on a broken fog light and a cracked drive belt.

She text me when she was still there so I asked her to get the guy to show her the "drive belt" and he's pointed out to her the alternator belt. When she's got home I've had a look at it and there are a few little cracks in it but nothing major. It's done about 50,000km and I'd say it's got at least that in it again. Also had a look at the fog light and it has a crack in the lens, but this doesn't seem to be affecting it's performance at all - it's a clear white lens which has a crack across it, still water tight, and still working as usual - in fact while it's on you'd have a hard time noticing the crack.

So two questions:

1 - is an alternator belt a wof item? Doesn't seem very safety focused to me. what if under the covers it also goes around the powersteering pump - is it an issue then?
2 - I understand a fog light failing if it's not working - but should a crack in a lens which doesn't appear to affect its performance fail it?

Of course the guy offered to change these for her at the workshop, seems a bit like he is trying to drum up work for himself...
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Re: WOF inspection questions

Postby steroidcontaskie » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:46 pm

WOF places have got very tough on cracks in lights over the last couple of years. Same thing happened to me with a brake light, still worked, was only a crack, but failed. I would suggest looking for a replacement light a Pick a part etc. They are normally pretty easy to swap over.

Not sure about the belt though.
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Re: WOF inspection questions

Postby 85AW20v » Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:48 am

The belt fail will be because it also drives the power steering.
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Re: WOF inspection questions

Postby RS13 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:12 pm

Fog light - http://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.nz/v ... -fog-lamps

Drive belt - http://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.nz/v ... on-systems

They're both cheap fixes, I'd call that a win. Last wof on my RunX cost me a steering rack rebuild.
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