Car Repair

How to Prepare your Car for the Annual MOT Test

If your vehicle is 3 years or older, it must be MOT tested on an annual basis, which is a government-backed test to ensure that the car is roadworthy, and prior to booking the vehicle in with an MOT centre in Leeds, you should check the following.

  1. Lights – The headlights, rear and brake lights, indicators, hazard warning and reversing lights are all tested and don’t forget the small bulbs that illuminate the car registration. Any defective bulbs need to be replaced before the MOT.
  2. Brakes – The car will be driven onto a rolling ramp and the brakes will be tested for effectiveness, while the handbrake will also be inspected for correct tension.

  1. Wipers & Washers – The wiper blades should be in good order, with no signs of the rubber perishing, and the washer bottle must be full when the inspection takes place. If there are any large cracks in the windscreen, this will fail the vehicle.

  1. Steering – The steering will be checked for excess play, while the shock absorbers are also looked at, to ensure a smooth ride.

  1. Tyres – The tyres should have at least 1.6mm of tread depth and the tyre walls should be free of bulges or tears. The tyres should be inflated to the correct pressure, as indicated in the owner’s manual.

  1. Bodywork – The bodywork is inspected for signs of rust and the body should have no sharp edges that might be a hazard to a pedestrian.

  1. Seat Belts – Seat belts are tested to see that the inertia clip works and that there are no tears on the fabric.

Once you have checked all of the above, you can book your car in for the MOT test with some confidence.

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