Middlesbrough MOT Centre

Ten Great Tips to Help Prepare For Your MOT Test

When it comes to preparing your car for its MOT test we are not asking you to become a mechanic; just by taking a look at the out great tips it can make the difference between a pass and a fail and for most people the time required will just be a matter of a few minutes.

Take a look at the following great tips that can help your car to pass first time around.

  1. Give it a wash! If your car is really dirty then the tester can actually refuse to carry out the test; attention should be given to the boot area which will need to be accessible.
  2. Check your windscreen for cracks and chips. Cracks cannot be any larger than 40mm in the windscreen wiper sweep area. Pay particular attention to the central view area for the driver, this is the area inside the swept area and is centred on the steering wheel; any damage here must be less than 10mm in size. The best way of checking for damage is from inside the vehicle as opposed to the outside.
  3. All tyres must be correctly inflated and at least 1.66mm depth, also check that the tyres are free of damage on the sides. The spare wheel isn’t part of the test; however, for safety reasons it should always be in correctly inflated, in good condition and have a legal tyre fitted.
  4. Ensure that your registration number is clean and readable, also check the same for your VIN (vehicle identification number); for many cars this is now located in the front windscreen area; however, depending on make and model it might appear elsewhere.
  5. A quick check around the exterior of your car will ensure that fuel cap is secure, windscreen wipers aren’t split or damaged, mirrors are in good condition and door handles plus other catches work. All of the seatbelts should also be checked to ensure there are no splits or frays.
  6. Check that your lights and indicators are working correctly, you can ask someone to stand behind you when checking brake and rear lights, also check that your horn works correctly.
  7. A simple check under the bonnet will confirm if the brake fluid reservoir, engine oil and windscreen fluid levels are correct, to make this task easier most manufacturers now colour code these items.
  8. Ask a friend to hold a cloth over your exhaust pipe when you start the car, after a few seconds it should stall, however if it doesn’t this can indicate a leak in the exhaust system
  9. The handbrake cable may need adjusting, if when you pull it up you hear lots of clicking; also check that the handbrake can’t be released by just tapping on the handbrake lever. Press the footbrake, if there is a spongy feel then there may well be air in the hydraulic system, this will need to be taken out.
  10. Check your shock absorbers by leaning your weight at each corner of the car, you can then “bounce” the car, it should settle after one or two bounces; if it does not then the shock absorbers may need to be replaced.