If your car is issued with a vehicle defect notice ("yellow sticker"), the police are concerned that your vehicle is unroadworthy to the point it will be a danger to you and other road users. The defect notice will mention the time that you can drive the car unrestricted, after which time you can only drive the car to a repairer, a home or to an inspection points.
Luckily many issues that can earn you a vehicle defect notice can be fixed in less than a day, for an affordable amount. Read on to see how easy is to fix bald tires, bald brake pads and broken windscreens or mirrors.
Bald tires are a common defect found on vehicle defect notices. The correct tires for your car can be found by checking the tire placard which might be in the glove box, inside the engine bay or on a front door pillar.
Before you drive to your local repairer, head online to do some comparison shopping on prices of tires for your make and model of car. You may not need new tires on all wheels, and in some cases the repairs can rotated your wheels to get more life out a less used wheel. While you are there, get the repairers to check and adjust the wheel balance as this can changes with fitting new tires.
Replacing Brake Pads
Replacing brake pads can be easily performed at home by DIY-er with some confidence in mechanical work. Start by driving the car to a flat area, and removing the wheels. Then compress the brake caliper, and remove the old brake pads and replace with new brake pads. Decompress the brake calipers, place the wheel back on and do some quick safety checks by practising braking on a flat surface before you hit the road.
Fixing Broken Windows or Mirrors
To find a replacement window or mirror for your, try calling around wreckers yards. They can often supply you with second hand items if you drive to the yard to pick it up yourself. The job of replacing glass or mirrors is relatively simple, but if you don not feel confident in doing it yourself should take less than an hour at a mechanic shop.
In these cases resolving the vehicle defect notice on your car registration should be fairly simple and quick to resolve. Once you are done head into a police station to get the notice lifted and you'll be on your way before you know it. For more information, contact Bridgestone Select.