MOT Test of the Instrument Panel

MOT Test of the Instrument Panel

Note: Some items listed under this Instrument Panel Test heading are repeated here for convenience, as they are warnings or function indicators of systems which are more fully described under their own headings. Speedometer Test for vehicles first used on or after 01 October 1937 The glass of the instrument panel being cracked is not a reason for failure providing…

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MOT Test of Vehicle Structure, Body Condition and Security

MOT Test Body Condition

MOT Test of vehicle structure, body condition and security Includes body condition (corrosion) and components such as spoilers, bumpers and mirror housings. For vehicles with a separate body, the body must not be so insecure or displaced so that it might lead to loss of control of the vehicle when driven, or be a danger to other road users There…

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MOT Test of Horn

MOT Test of Horn

MOT Test of horn – description operation control can be easily reached by the driver loud enough not a sequential multi-tone. Information Pre 1906 vehicles can have a gong, bell or siren audible warning, provided they were designed before 1 January 1905 and constructed before 31 December 1905 Reason for Rejection The horn control missing, insecure or not readily accessible to the driver. Note:…

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MOT Test of Windscreen

MOT Test of windscreen

The MOT windscreen Test includes all items affecting the driver’s view of the road: the condition of the windscreen, the wipers and washers. Satnavs in the windscreen, furry dice, air fresheners or trinkets hanging from the mirror are not allowed. Chips or cracks in the windscreen directly in front of the driver, in the area swept by the wiper blades…

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MOT Test of Mirrors

MOT Test of Mirrors

Not all mirrors on all vehicles are subject to Test, depending on the age of the vehicle. Those mirrors which must be checked must be secure visible from the driver’s seat not distorted or damaged so as to seriously impair the driver’s view to the rear. Obligatory mirror options are: a. an exterior mirror fitted to the offside (right-hand side when…

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MOT Test of Seat Belts

MOT Test of Seat Belts

Test Description Most vehicles after 1965 must have seat belts. Irrespective of that requirement, all seat belts fitted to any vehicle must be inspected for: security of seat belt mountings and locking stalks security and operation of the locking/release mechanism condition of webbing retraction of the belt (it is allowed to manually feed it in). Notes: 1. For technical reasons…

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MOT Test of Fuel system

MOT Test of fuel system

Any fuel leak will result in a fail. Checked under the bonnet and throughout the run of the fuel line from the fuel tank to the engine. fuel filler cap must fasten securely the seal in the cap must not be torn, deteriorated or missing (includes self-sealing flaps) no other defect which could cause fuel to leak out the fuel…

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MOT Test of Exhaust System and Emissions

Is Exhaust Emissions Testing a waste of time?

Exhaust and Emissions Test Description The exhaust system will fail the MOT if: Part of the system missing or excessively deteriorated Mounting are missing or damaged so that the exhaust system is insecure There is a major leak The system emits appreciably more noise than a similar vehicle fitted with a standard system in good condition. Emissions These are checked…

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MOT Test of Tow Bar (Towing Hook)

MOT Test of Tow Bar

Reason for Rejection of tow bar: A tow bar component insecure, fractured or excessively: worn corroded, or damaged. Tow bar assembly is attached to the vehicle structure using a mounting, support or fixing which is obviously of an inappropriate size or type. retaining device missing or insecure locking device missing, insecure, inadequate or damaged to the extent that its operation…

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MOT Test of Tyres and Roadwheels condition

Tyres and Roadwheels

MOT Test of Tyre condition The reason for failure with respect to tyre wear is: “The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising: the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre”. Tyres must be correctly matched with regard to: type size structure NB. type…

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MOT Test of Steering

MOT Test of steering

Steering: Inside the car MOT checks Steering wheel and steering column: steering wheel is in acceptable condition steering wheel is securely attached to the steering shaft upper bearings of the steering column are inspected for wear Steering shaft is checked for excessive end float The clamping bolts are all checked for security split pins and locking nuts are also checked.…

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MOT Test of Doors

MOT Test of doors

Both front doors must be openable from the inside and outside and all doors must latch securely. Tailgates, bootlids etc. All these items, including the tailboards and dropsides of trucks must be securable in the closed position.

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MOT Test of Brakes

MOT Test of brakes

MOT brakes Test description Efficiency and balance of brakes is usually checked on a roller brake tester. In certain cases where a roller brake tester may not be used (for example on certain 4-wheel drive vehicles) it may be necessary to check brake efficiency and balance on a road test, with a portable decelerometer (pictured below). Inside the car Anti-lock…

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MOT Test of Suspension

MOT Test of suspension

MOT Test of suspension – description Suspension – under bonnet checks: upper suspension joints any other suspension components which can be inspected from beneath the bonnet Under vehicle checks: Applies to the front and rear suspension no split pins or nuts missing, no components broken or excessively damaged road springs are checked for condition all suspension joints are checked for…

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MOT Test of Lights and Headlamps

MOT Test of lights and headlamps

Lights: MOT Test checks description The headlamps are checked for alignment with a beam setter. After first aligning the equipment with the vehicle, the left and right headlamp beams are checked to ensure they are correctly set so as not to dazzle other road users. All required lights are checked for: operation condition security Side lights and headlamps are the…

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