Preparing Your Vehicle for MOT Testing

If you own a vehicle that is more than three years old, that vehicle is required to be MOT tested annually. These tests are done to ensure that older vehicles are still worthy to be on the road. Whether you are an avid mechanic or not, there are several things that you can do to ensure that your vehicle passes MOT testing. First, you will need to start the car and ensure that minor things are working. Check the wipers, horn and all of the lights. The seatbelts will have to be in working condition as well.

Next, you should check your tyres to ensure that they are in good shape. Keep in mind that the legal minimum for tyre tread is 1.6mm deep so check this with a tread depth gauge. Also make sure that there are no objects stuck in the tyre and that no damage or bulge can be seen. Ensure that the brakes work properly and that the steering wheel turns as it should.

Shock absorbers also need to be inspected and you can do this by bouncing on the corners of the vehicle and ensuring that it stops after just a bounce or two. When it comes to inspecting your engine, you have to look for leaks in the exhaust. Have someone hold a cloth on the exhaust system as you start the vehicle. If not leaks are present, your car’s engine should stall. If it does not, you will need to see a mechanic to have the leaks found and repaired before you take the vehicle to be MOT tested.

Doing just a quick inspection of your vehicle will help you to ensure that it passes its MOT and that you can continue to drive it on the roads. If it does not pass, you will need to have repairs done and have it retested before it is deemed roadworthy.

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