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The Essential Roadworthy Testing Equipment You Need: A Guide for Mechanics:

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Are you a mechanic looking to dive into the world of roadworthy inspections? Or perhaps you're considering starting your own service repair business specialising in this niche? Either way, ensuring you have the right roadworthy testing equipment is crucial for conducting thorough inspections and maintaining compliance with safety regulations.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the must-have equipment to kickstart your journey in the automotive service industry.

Siobhan Roadworthy Inspector

Siobhan, the owner of Premium Diagnostic Equipment, is a qualified mechanic and roadworthy inspector.


Why Roadworthy Testing Equipment Matters:

Before we delve into the specifics of equipment, let's understand why it's essential. In today's automotive landscape, vehicles are more technologically advanced than ever before. As a result, diagnosing and repairing them requires sophisticated tools and equipment. Moreover, for mechanics involved in roadworthy inspections, compliance with government regulations is non-negotiable. This means having the right testing equipment to ensure vehicles meet safety standards is paramount.


Mandatory Equipment For Roadworthy Inspections:

Brake Testers:

Ensuring the effectiveness of a vehicle's brake system is paramount for road safety. To conduct thorough brake tests, specialised equipment such as decelerometers, commonly known as brake meters, are essential. These devices provide accurate measurements of a vehicle's braking performance, allowing technicians to assess whether the brakes meet safety standards.

When selecting brake-testing equipment, it's crucial to choose tools that are secure, reliable, and easy to use. Handheld or portable brake testers should securely fit within the vehicle being tested and remain stable during braking maneuvers.

One highly recommended option is the AutoTest Workshop Pro 10 Brake Tester Decelerometer. Renowned for its self-calibrating feature and user-friendly interface, this tool simplifies the brake testing process while ensuring precise results. Its advanced functionality and ease of use make it a favourite among automotive professionals.


For those seeking a more budget-friendly option without compromising on quality, the AutoStop Mini Plus Brake Meter presents an excellent choice.

AutoStop Mini Plus Brake Meter

Brake Tester Requirements for CL Vehicle Types:

In compliance with regulations, brake testing equipment for CL vehicle types must generate comprehensive brake test results, either in paper or electronic format. These results should include essential details such as the date, time, and GPS location of the test. Additionally, the brake test results must be easily uploadable to the vehicle's inspection record for documentation and analysis.

To meet these requirements effectively, the AutoStop Heavy Brake Meter Deceloremeter for Commercial & Heavy Vehicles with GPS stands out as a top recommendation. Its robust design and advanced features make it an indispensable tool for ensuring the safety and compliance of commercial fleets.

AutoStop Heavy Brake Meter Deceloremeter for Commercial & Heavy Vehicles with GPS


Equipment To Check A Vehicle’s Underbody:

Inspecting a vehicle's underbody requires specific equipment for thorough examination. Here are the essential tools:

  • Vehicle Hoist: Lifts the vehicle for easy access.
  • Pit Ramp: Allows access to the underbody by driving over a pit.
  • Vehicle Jacks: Lift specific areas temporarily.
  • Vehicle Stands: Provide stable support during inspection.

These tools enable examiners to assess chassis integrity, suspension, and more, ensuring roadworthiness.


Equipment To Check A Vehicle’s Headlights:

Vehicle headlights play a critical role in ensuring safety on the road, especially during low-light conditions. To guarantee their effectiveness, regular inspection and alignment are necessary.

The AutoTest Headlight Aligner | Headlight Aimer offers a professional-grade solution for examining and adjusting various types of headlamps, including high, low, fog, XENON, and LED lamps.

AutoTest Headlight Aligner | Headlight Aimer

With features like a robust anti-tip base, laser pointer for precise positioning, and a digital lux meter for accurate light intensity measurements, this aligner simplifies the process of aligning headlights to meet regulatory standards such as ADR 46 and ECE R48.

Additionally, its compact design and efficient operation require minimal space, making it a practical choice for workshops and testing facilities.

AutoTest Headlight Aligner | Headlight Aimer


Light Transmission Meter:

Ensuring the safety and compliance of tinted windows in vehicles is essential for roadworthiness inspections. A reliable tool for this task is a Light Transmission Meter, also known as a tint meter. These devices measure the level of light transmitted through tinted windows, providing accurate readings to determine their safety level.

We recommend the AutoLight Hands-Free Magnetic Window Tint Meter which is a portable and accurate light transmission meter designed to meet the needs of law enforcement officers and vehicle inspectors. With its magnetic design, it offers hands-free operation, making it convenient and efficient for testing various types of windows. Compliant with roadworthy regulations and ISO standards, this meter provides precise readings to ensure vehicle windows meet safety requirements.

AutoLight Hands Free Magnetic Window Tint Meter

For a cheaper alternative, check out the AutoLight Standard Window Tint Meter Tester.

AutoLight Hands Free Magnetic Window Tint Meter

Inspection Camera:

When it comes to thorough vehicle inspections, sometimes seeing is believing. That's where the Autel MaxiVideo MV480 8.5MM Videoscope Camera comes into play. This versatile tool allows mechanics and inspectors to delve into hard-to-reach areas with ease, providing a clear view of components that are otherwise inaccessible.

Autel MaxiVideo MV480 8.5MM Videoscope Camera

Equipped with dual cameras and a 4.1-inch full-color LCD display, it delivers sharp images and videos with ease. With user-friendly features like one-button image capture and audio annotation, it's the perfect companion for detailed vehicle inspections.


Sound Level Meter:

A crucial addition to any roadworthy inspection toolkit is the AutoTest Digital Sound Level Meter. This OH&S essential is compliant with IEC 651 Type 2 and ANSI S1.4 Type 2 standards, ensuring accurate measurements ranging from 30 to 130 dbA.

Featuring convenient MAX mode for capturing peak noise levels and fast/slow modes, it guarantees precision and adaptability. With its AC output, it seamlessly integrates with external devices, making it ideal for testing automotive exhaust volume and monitoring noise levels in various settings.

AutoTest Digital Sound Level Meter | Decibel Meter

Measuring Equipment and Gauges for Disc Rotors, Brake Drums, Brake Pads, and Brake Linings:

Ensuring vehicle safety and roadworthiness requires a comprehensive examination of brake components, including disc rotors, brake drums, pads, and linings. Precise measurement of wear is essential for maintenance or replacement planning. The Autel TBE200 MaxiTPMS Laser Tyre Tread Depth & Brake Disk Wear Examiner is a standout tool for assessing tyre tread depth and brake disc wear.

With its advanced laser technology, it offers swift and precise wear measurements without necessitating tyre removal. The device boasts a high-resolution touchscreen that displays real-time measurement data, empowering users to assess wear patterns and make well-informed maintenance decisions. Its dual cameras facilitate documentation of tyre wear and damage, significantly enhancing inspection efficiency.

Autel TBE200 MaxiTPMS Laser Tyre Tread Depth & Brake Disk Wear Examiner

Wheel Chocks:

Wheel chocks are essential safety devices used to prevent vehicles from unintentional movement while undergoing maintenance or inspection. These sturdy blocks are placed against the wheels to immobilise the vehicle, ensuring a secure working environment for technicians and inspectors.


Kingpin Gauges (for HT Vehicle Type if Applicable):

Kingpin gauges are precision tools used to measure the wear and alignment of kingpins in heavy transport vehicles. Ensuring proper kingpin alignment is crucial for maintaining vehicle stability and steering performance, especially in high-load applications.


Turntable Locking Tester (for HV Vehicle Type if Applicable):

Turntable locking testers are specialised tools designed to evaluate the locking mechanism of turntables in heavy vehicles. By assessing the functionality of these critical components, inspectors can ensure the safe operation of heavy vehicles, particularly those with articulated steering systems.


Equipment for Trailers:

When inspecting trailers for roadworthiness, having the right equipment is essential. Here are some additional tools to ensure the proper functioning of lighting systems, brakes, and towing components:

  • Trailer Lighting Tester:The AutoTest Trailer Socket Tester ensures the lighting system operates correctly via the trailer plug or socket, offering a comprehensive assessment of all electrical connections for safe towing.

AutoTest Trailer Socket Tester Including Adapter

  • Electric Brake Tester:For trailers equipped with electric brakes, this tester assesses their functionality, providing assurance that they engage effectively during braking maneuvers.
  • Brake System Compression Device:A device capable of compressing the tow coupling is essential to test override braking systems, ensuring they function as intended.
  • Vacuum and Compressed-Air Sources:Dedicated vacuum and compressed-air sources are necessary to test vacuum or air braking systems accurately. These tools provide the necessary pressure to assess braking systems thoroughly, guaranteeing optimal performance on the road.


Gas Analyser:

In New South Wales, compliance plates on vehicles necessitate the use of a Gas Analyser, ensuring precise measurement of exhaust gas contents during testing. Our top pick, the AutoGas 5 Gas Analyser, stands as a versatile solution for exhaust gas analysis, indispensable for both inspections and tuning tasks. Here are some key features of this essential tool:

  • Comprehensive Gas Analysis: Measures CO, HC, CO2, O2, and NOX contents.
  • Versatile Compatibility: Suitable for petrol, LPG, CNG, and diesel engines.
  • RPM Measurement: Measures engine RPM using various methods.
  • OIML R99 Compliance: Meets Class 0 standards for accuracy.
  • Portable Design: Lightweight and easy to transport.
  • User-Friendly Operation: Simple test procedures and intuitive interface.
  • Data Storage and Connectivity: Stores up to 100 tests, with connectivity options.
  • Integrated Printer: Built-in thermal printer for instant results.
  • Extended Functionality: Includes advanced features like oil temperature measurement.
  • Windows Compatibility: Works seamlessly with Windows-based systems for enhanced functionality and data management.


AutoGas 5 Gas Analyser

Our Ultimate Roadworthy Kits

To simplify your decision-making process, we've curated four distinct Ultimate Roadworthy Kits, each tailored to equip your workshop with the essentials needed for efficient and accurate inspections. Here's a breakdown of these top-of-the-line kits:

Ultimate Roadworthy Kit - Heavy Brake Meter + Magnetic Tint Tester + Headlight Aligner Combination


Ultimate Roadworthy Kit - Mini Brake Meter With GPS + Magnetic Tint Tester + Headlight Aligner Combination

Ultimate Roadworthy Kit - Maxi Brake Meter + Magnetic Tint Tester + Headlight Aligner Combination

Ultimate Roadworthy Kit - Brake Tester Workshop Pro 10 + Magnetic Tint Tester + Headlight Aligner Combination

Complimentary Equipment for Roadworthy Inspections:

While the above tools and equipment are essential for conducting thorough roadworthy inspections, there exists a range of complementary tools that, while not mandatory, can significantly enhance the efficiency and precision of the inspection process. These supplementary tools provide additional insights and diagnostic capabilities, offering mechanics and inspectors valuable assistance in ensuring the safety and compliance of vehicles on the road. Let's dive into these:

Diagnostic Tools:

With today's vehicles relying heavily on computer systems, diagnostic tools have become indispensable for mechanics. These tools enable the identification of issues within a vehicle's complex network of electronic components, aiding in efficient troubleshooting and repair.

While not mandatory for roadworthy inspections, having a reliable scan tool can significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the process. Scan tools are invaluable for reading and clearing diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), ensuring thorough inspections and precise maintenance.

For optimal versatility, we recommend investing in a full system diagnostic scan tool. These tools are capable of scanning all systems in a vehicle, allowing you to work on a wide range of vehicles effectively.

Here are three top-of-the-line models that we highly recommend:

  1. Topdon ArtiDiag900BT Diagnostic Scan Tool:

The Topdon ArtiDiag900BT sets a new standard in diagnostic tools, offering exceptional value for money and unmatched flexibility. This wireless powerhouse supports 28 maintenance services and provides full system diagnostics for over 130 brands, ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency in vehicle repairs.

 Topdon ArtiDiag900BT Diagnostic Scan Tool

  1. Autel MaxiCom MK808S Full System Diagnostic Scan Tool:

The Autel MaxiCom MK808S offers comprehensive diagnostic capabilities for American, Asian, Australian, and European vehicle makes and models. With advanced features such as bi-directional control and 38+ commonly-used resets & relearns functions, this tool is indispensable for busy workshops.

AUTEL MaxiCom MK808S Full System Diagnostic Scan Tool

  1. Autel MaxiSys MS906 Pro Bi-directional Professional Scan Tool:

The Autel MaxiSys MS906 Pro offers advanced and comprehensive vehicle diagnosis and services, featuring an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen tablet, Exynos Octa-core processor, 4G RAM, 128 GB storage, and Android 10.0 operating system, the MS906 Pro ensures smooth and instant feedback. \ With OE-level diagnosis on all available systems and 33+ special functions, this tool provides unmatched diagnostic capabilities.

Autel MaxiSys MS906 Pro Bi-directional Professional Scan Tool

Suspension Tester:

In roadworthy inspections, evaluating the suspension system is crucial for vehicle safety. The AutoStop Suspension Meter Shock Absorber Tester simplifies this task with its compact design and user-friendly features, including quick installation, a large display screen, and the ability to store results for up to 100 vehicles.

AutoStop Suspension Meter Shock Absorber Tester

Brake Fluid Tester:

When it comes to vehicle safety, brake fluid quality is non-negotiable. That's where the AutoTest Brake Fluid Tester shines. Designed for efficiency and accuracy, this tool measures moisture content in brake fluid, safeguarding against vapor lock and engine corrosion. With its user-friendly interface and quick results, it's an indispensable asset.

AutoTest Brake Fluid Tester

Handheld Tools:

For added convenience during inspections, handheld tools are indispensable. Here are two essential items to have on hand:

  1. Torch: A LED torch ensures visibility in dimly lit areas, aiding in thorough inspections with its powerful illumination.
  2. PDE Automotive Tool Set Socket + Ratchet Kit 1/2" 3/8" 1/4" 150PCE: Designed for versatility, this comprehensive socket and ratchet kit facilitates easy component removal, such as under trays or engine covers, ensuring efficient inspection processes.

PDE Automotive Tool Set Socket + Ratchet Kit 1/2" 3/8" 1/4" 150PCE 

Optimising Your Workshop:

Whether you're starting your own service workshop or looking to enhance an existing one, optimising your setup is crucial for success. Here are some tips:

  • Choose the Right Location: Select a location with high visibility and accessibility, preferably near highways or busy urban areas. This ensures a steady flow of customers and enhances your workshop's visibility.
  • Offer Specialised Services: While offering a range of services is beneficial, consider specialising in areas such as roadworthy inspections. This can set your workshop apart and attract customers seeking expertise in specific areas.
  • Invest in Quality Equipment: When it comes to roadworthy testing equipment, prioritise quality and reliability. Partner with reputable suppliers like Premium Diagnostic Equipment to ensure you have access to state-of-the-art tools that meet regulatory standards.
  • Stay Updated: The automotive industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and regulations emerging regularly. Stay updated on industry trends, technological advancements, and regulatory changes to remain competitive and compliant.


Our Team Is Here To Help:

In the world of automotive inspections and service workshops, having the proper equipment is key to success. From brake testers to diagnostic tools and general equipment, each piece plays a crucial role in ensuring vehicle safety and compliance. By prioritising quality and staying informed about industry advancements, you can set your workshop apart in a competitive market.

At Premium Diagnostic Equipment, we're here to support your needs and help you thrive in the automotive service industry. Reach out to our team today for assistance and guidance.

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