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  #3166391 30-Nov-2023 13:09
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I'd understand if it was empty, however in this case there was maybe 1/4 bottle fluid left. But no, the inspector said the reservoir had to be full.



Oh well that is pedantic as anything. Just has to work and not streak or chatter badly which indicates worn wipers.





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  #3166403 30-Nov-2023 13:47
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K8Toledo: My car failed at VTNZ Te Rapa over a washer fluid reservoir that wasn't full.

This is so different to my experience. Many times they've said things like we filled your washer so we could check it; Your spare was looking a bit flat we pumped it up. All that kind of thing.


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  #3166405 30-Nov-2023 13:54
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I’m feeling a lot chipper with others having an even worse experience than myself. My lesson to myself is book a warrant due in December in October so I don’t ever have to go back to VTNZ:)

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  #3166429 30-Nov-2023 14:56
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empacher48: It failed because the tints on the factory windows were too dark (talking to smith and smith later about it, you can’t even get glass for the car without tints). But the tyres weren’t even borderline, they were good for another 40,000km according to the inspector.


How dark the windows can be depends on the type of vehicle. Some windows can be darker if factory dyed glass not overlay tinted. Factory glass should be obvious, no film and the fact that it is dark glass will be marked alongside the safety standard mark.


The requirement for windscreen washer is that it works, there is no mention of the reservoir being full. A 1/4 tank on our current car would overflow from some earlier cars.

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  #3166443 30-Nov-2023 16:06
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My car just failed brake pads on rear wheels

They even last year pads getting low and will need replacing in future.

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  #3166448 30-Nov-2023 16:24
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If you were warned did you even check them? Rear pads usually have a manufacturer's limit around 3mm.

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  #3166600 30-Nov-2023 22:07
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Not VTNZ, but a few years ago I took one of my cars to another WOF place of the 'queue up without a booking' variety.


He failed it for a chip on the windscreen despite it being very small and not in the driver's direct field of vision. I went home and checked the VIRM guidance, then used sellotape to frame up the field of vision as defined in the VIRM (which showed the chip well outside the box), then took it back to the guy.


He just got super angry, said I was a smart arse and that he decides what passes and what doesn't at "his shop", and that he still won't pass it. If I had the time and energy I would have taken it further but sometimes you just need to get on with your day. I did tag his company on many irate facebook posts on public pages for a while tho.


In the end I paid Novus to repair the chip, and even they thought it was ludicrous given it's location and piddly size. I could have gone to another WOF place for a second opinion but that would have cost more than the chip repair.


I now get all my WOFs from a trusted local mechanic. He's a stickler for the rules (but he actually reads/understands the VIRM so no false fails for stupid reasons) and always willing to suggest the least expensive resolution - eg he gives me part numbers so I can shop around myself and avoid having to pay him a margin, or when he does order parts for me locally, he tells me where to pick them up from so I can avoid his supplier's freight charges. Recently he even told me how to change my engine mount so I didn't have to pay him half an hour's labour to do it.


I do have like 6 cars that he gets regular repair/maintenance work on so I figure he's happy to make less from me on each job as he knows I will always come back to him. Plus he gets beer from me at Christmas.



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  #3166608 30-Nov-2023 22:45
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Getting the chip filled was probably the right thing to do even if it wasn't a wof issue.. I ignored a small chip because it was out of the way and didn't seem worth the trouble. Then 6 months after our insurance Co dropped no excess glass cover that little ding turned into a crack about 300mm long and we needed a new screen costing us $500 excess.

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