Many cars fail their MOTs due to something simple that could
easily be put right before the test, thus saving the inconvenience and expense
of a re-test. A lot of small jobs can be done by the car owner even if he or
she is not an experienced mechanic.
Simple mot checks
Turn the ignition on and check that the horn works, that all
the windscreen wipers and washers are working, that all the lights are working
including number plate lights and brake lights, and check that the seat belts
work properly and are neither frayed nor cut. Part of your initial mot check should include a look at the alignment of the headlights should also be checked.
Worn tyres are one of the most common causes of MOT advisory check and failures. Before taking a car for an MOT check that none of the tyres is
damaged. There should be no bulges or objects sticking in the tread.
Check that the tread is adequate across the whole of the
tyre. A tyre that is worn more on one side than the other can be a sign of bad
alignment. Also, check the suspension and wheel bearings by shaking the wheel
and checking for excessive free play.
Use this mot checker to ensure that the handbrake is working correctly. If the lever
has to be pulled up through too many clicks the cable needs adjusting. If the
handbrake can be released by simply tapping on the lever, the cable will need
tightening. Brake pedals can also be tested. If the brakes feel spongy when the
brake pedal is depressed, the hydraulic system may have air in it and this will
have to be removed.
The steering wheel should feel reasonably tight. Abnormal
movements or looseness is an indication of wear.
Bounce every corner of the car. If the shock absorbers are
in good condition the car should return to rest after just one or two bounces.
Windscreen and mirrors
A car can pass its MOT even if there are small chips in the
windscreen, but a big crack will certainly mean failure. Small chips should
be fixed before they expand. Side mirrors should be securely fixed and the
glass should be in reasonable condition.
Check for leaks in the exhaust by getting someone to hold a
cloth over the exhaust whilst the car is started. If the car stalls after a few
seconds, there are no leaks in the exhaust. Leaks in the exhaust must be
repaired to get the car through its MOT.
Lookers MOT Services
Most car dealerships and
service centres are approved by the respective manufacturer, offering a
quality assured and more efficient service. Head to your nearest franchised dealer for more details on MOT history and car servicing.