How to Ensure Your Car Passes Its MOT

Car tyreAny car that’s at least 3 years old requires an annual MOT test to ascertain that it’s roadworthy. If your vehicle fails this test, you need to have it repaired or tuned to meet the standards. Most of these checks are basic and so, even if you do not know a lot about vehicles, it’s possible to conduct a pre-MOT to reduce the chances of failure before you book into Bromley Garage Services.

Generally, you will want to ensure that the windscreen wipers and washers are working, the horn is working, the windscreen wipers’ blades do not have any chunks missing or lose strips ( if they do, it’s easy to source replacements from motor retailers), the screenwash is full, the seat belts are functioning properly and not cut or frayed, the mountings are secure and belts free from damage and also engaging and disengaging properly.

Other important things to check in order to ensure your car passes its MOT include.

1. Lights

Lighting happens to be one of the most common failure points. That said, you should ensure that:

-The lenses are free of any form of damage or cracks
-All external bulbs are functioning
-Headlights, rear and front side lights, reversing lights, stop lights, front and rear fog lights and indicators are working.

2. Tyres

You should also walk around and assess the tyres. Ensure:

-There are no cuts or bulges on sidewalls or things stuck in the tread.
-Each tyre matches the opposite tyre on the same axle for construction type and size.
-The tread is not less than 1.6mm deep. You can utilise a tread depth gauge or a 20 pence piece’s rim. You should put this in the grooves that go round the tyres. If the rim around the edge of the 20 pence coin stands proud, then you need to replace the tyres.
-If you have a spare tyre, it should also be road-legal.

3. Brakes

Even though it is not possible to precisely inspect the brakes without specialist equipment, there are a few things that you can do to assess their condition:

-Take a look beneath the bonnet and ensure that the fluid level in the reservoir is between the maximum and minimum indicators. You can use the car owner’s manual for details on where to find it.
-Pull the handbrake and if you have to pull it too far, then it might need adjusting.
-Also, if the handbrake can be released by simply tapping on the lever, then it requires tightening.

4. Bodywork

The car’s bodywork shouldn’t have sharp edges that can injure pedestrians. The bumpers have to be secure and you need to be able to access the vehicle through all doors, both from interior and exterior.

5. Steering

Similarly to the brakes, it is hard to check the steering without the help of an expert or the right equipment. However, it needs to be relatively tight on the column. If there are unusual movements when you turn, or it is loose, then the column support might be worn.

You should ideally listen for knocks when you are turning the steering wheel from or to full lock. Excessive whining from the steering pump is another sign that you are dealing with worn elements.

6. Mirrors and Windscreen

The mirrors need to be properly fixed and in good condition. Small chips on the windscreen do not necessarily mean MOT failure, but the entire region swept by wipers should have no chips or cracks. The damage beyond this region shouldn’t be larger than 10 mm in diameter. Your wiper blades should also be in good condition and these are easy to replace yourself.

7. Shock Absorbers

Dampers or shock absorbers should not have a difference in absorbing pressure or any leaks. Bounce on each corner of the vehicle to get an idea of the condition of the shock absorbers. The car should go down under the pressure and then to full height before it slightly settles down. Exessive bouncing is a sign that you are dealing with worn out or faulty shock absorbers.

8. Exhaust

Your car’s exhaust needs to be free from corrosion and secure. Any abnormal noises or rattles are a sign of a faulty exhaust system. Any smoke and your vehicle is bound to fail the emissions section of the MOT.

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