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Every vehicle listed as being “on the road” requires an annual MOT in order to keep drivers and other road users safe by prohibiting risky or damaged vehicles from operating freely.
Although there is a significant safety benefit to this, vehicle owners may experience financial difficulties if necessary repairs are not anticipated.
Here is our advice to identifying any issues before they come up during the MOT, giving you more time to fix them and reducing the likelihood that your car may be inoperable after the MOT date has past. Simply go through the list below and make sure everything is in order. If anything seems off, you should have time to have it corrected before the MOT is due.
Put your foot on the brake and lift and lower the handbrake. The cable may be starting to wear or stretch if it moves too far or if you hear more than 3–4 clicks. You might need to get this checked out before you go for the MOT if your handbrake doesn’t keep the car in place without being lifted to a very severe degree.
Ensure that your seatbelts fit snugly and snap back into the holder when not in use. You could fail your MOT if they don’t click back into place or don’t move back when you tug on them. Any seatbelt that has been removed from the vehicle will cause it to malfunction.
Your headrests and chairs should be upright and securely fastened. The headrests and their ability to stay in position may potentially contribute to the failure of the vehicle.
If you have power steering, the steering wheel should feel solid and return to its initial position when the engine is started. Get the automobile checked if there is any looseness or inability to reach complete lock because this indicates that the hydraulics aren’t functioning properly.
You should repeatedly pump the brakes. They should feel solid, and the pedal should promptly revert to its initial position. If the brake pedal seems spongy or loose, you should fix the brakes right away. Check the brake fluid reservoir under the bonnet after that and top it off if necessary.
Your wing and rearview mirrors must be easily movable and firmly mounted. The car will malfunction if the mirrors are broken or missing.
Windscreens must be free of cracks and dings. You must get your car’s glass repaired before the MOT if it has any scratches or other damage.
Clean the screen to check the wipers. There shouldn’t be any juddering or missed patches since the wipers should operate in a smooth arc. Your wiper blades might need to be replaced if the water isn’t removed off the surface smoothly. To help you recognise the signs before they totally wear out, read our article on the four indicators your wiper blades need to be replaced.
Yes, your car will fail its MOT if the horn isn’t working. This one can be crossed off the list with a fast honk.
Push down on each corner of your car after getting out. The automobile ought to level out and jump back into position. The dampers or suspension springs may be harmed if the automobile leans too far to one side or doesn’t instantly rebound. When driving, keep an ear out for any unusual noises or odd handling when you turn or change lanes.
Check your licence plates as you examine the suspension. If you can’t properly read the numbers on the plates because of cracks or other damage, get these replaced.
It is recommended that you check your tyres once a week, but it is also a good idea to do so right before you take your car in for a MOT. Take a 20p coin and insert it into the treads of your tyres. The tread of the 20p should entirely contain the rim around its edge. Your tyre tread may be too low if you can see any of the rim.
Check that your exhaust system is functioning properly. Put on some safety gloves, fold up a thick piece of fabric or an old tea towel, and hold it up to the exhaust while the engine is running. The fabric should be easily pushed away by the exhaust. There might be a leak in the system if this doesn’t take place or the exhaust makes an odd noise. Get this looked out as soon as possible.
It’s time to give your car to the skilled mechanics so they may examine it once you’ve checked its vital signs.
If you hadn’t already, keep in mind that you can schedule your MOT at Part Worn Tyres Braintree. Our expert MOT testers will explain any flaws and problems clearly and without technical jargon, so you’ll know exactly what has to be done to ensure the car passes the test. In most circumstances, we’ll beat the price set by the majority of vehicle manufacturers.