How it Works Video – Play Detector

GETECH GE457A play detector is a piece of equipment which is placed onto a vehicle lift or into an inspection pit situation to load the steering components and suspension components of a test vehicle during an MOT. It is designed to offer a repeatable process of examination.

The availability of wheel play detectors to suit these situations has grown exponentially since the One Person Test Lane and Automated Test Lane concepts were instigated in 2005 by the DVSA; or VOSA as was.

OMA 547 RHSince the suspension and steering systems are operated by equipment, the assistant is not required to fulfil these functions under instruction from the tester and can be removed altogether from the test procedure.

This allows garage owners the chance to redeploy the assistant to a more production use within the garage.

Play Detectors can be single plate or dual plate, hydraulic or pneumatic – of these choices from an engineering perspective you might be swayed toward a hydraulic single plate version to minimise the groundwork requirement prior to fitment and to eliminate the potential costs pertaining to water traps, or the risks that might be associated with compressor reliability).

GETECH play detectors are, you will not be surprised to learn, of single plate hydraulic design and can be supplied to suit pit or lift based installations. The operation of the equipment is such that when the control button is pressed, the plate cycles through a complete set of operations – full rotation left to right to centreline, and inside to outside to centreline; meaning you can just watch for any play which is detected.

You can see the GETECH GE457PD for inspection pit use in this video;

Buying a GETECH wheel play detector couldn’t be easier with options to buy online HERE or by calling 0844 800 9785 during normal office hours.


getech-garage-equipment-logoGETECH supply MOT bays & equipment for all vehicle classes. As a manufacturer within the MOT scheme we are perfectly positioned to remain abridged of current and future known legislation. With a design ethos for total modularity, our equipment is some of the most flexible currently available in the UK.

For more information on GETECH call during office hours, visit http://getech.org.uk or mail info@getech.org.uk.

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