IlDuce: I always thought WOFs were a visual inspection I thought jamming a pinch bar between here and there and giving it a bend would go a bit beyond the visual realm? I was concerned so much pressure was being applied directly to aluminium wheels.... when demonstrated the fail it took 3 attempts to replicate as there was so much pressure being applied the pinch bar would fly off the ball joint.
I now have a document here from Honda which says, if I interpret it correctly, that that area is designed to be squashable and using a lever as they have done WILL compress as per normal manufacturer free play. Free play associated with wear or damage cannot be ascertained by the bar method. Only the wobble from the outside with suspension hanging.
So I wonder if I go back and wave that in their face and get a pass, or go somewhere else, and say they failed it as they used incorrect method. NO WONDER I've been failing so many warrants on every car I have had!
I would confront them with this information.
I also had an WOF experence with one of the VTNZ's in Hamilton, in particular their brake testing machine, a previous WOF from them had passed with a result that was worse than the current test, I brought the paperwork from the previous test to their attention and asked why? They never actually gave me an answer, but they then marked it as a pass.
So I guess it's not a very good test when it depends on if the person who is doing the test is having a bad hair day or not!
So that was the last time I ever visited VTNZ, now I just take it to my local mechanic.