That yearly MOT can be something we dread, the fear of failing, or the cost of extensive repairs. Most car owners are not comfortable with fixing minor repairs on their own cars, but a lot of points on which a car may fail its MOT can be correct before the fact with simple maintenance. Here are some pointers on what a MOT test will check for, so you can be prepared before you even enter a garage.
• Brakes – these will be tested, as well as the individual components examined for wear and tear
• Tyres – Tyre pressure and any signs of damage will be looked at. Suitable tyres must have a tread of less than 1.6mm, which you can check by inserting a 20p coin into the tread
• Seatbelts – Must be working well without any signs of damage
• Electricals and lights – All lights will be tested. Headlights must be uniform in colour, size and shape, as well as the correct position. The electrical wiring and battery must be working fully with no signs of wear and tear or damage
• Handling and suspension – If your vehicle has power steering, ensure you have at least the minimal amount of power steering fluid in the tank. The performance of your steering wheel will be tested. Any locking device should be functioning when the engine is turned off. Shock absorbers will also be tested
• Emissions – All fumes will be tested to ensure they fall within the correct legal emissions limits. Your fuel system will be checked to ensure it is fully functional and safe to use. If your car ever had a catalytic converter, this must still be present.