Our car maintenance tips and tricks
Nov 28

How can you keep your Vehicle MOT from failing?

1. Signals & Lights

One-fifth of all automobiles that fail their MOT have a problem with their lights and signals. You might not notice the flickering headlight or the blown number plate light at first, but closer investigation will disclose the flaws. The most common cause is a blown bulb, which most drivers do not feel compelled to replace right away. It may not be as serious as a brake or suspension problem, but it might result in a failed MOT and additional costs.

Before your MOT, check all of your lights, including the front, rear, indicators, brake lights, and front and rear fog lights, for their condition. Bring out your cleaning supplies and clean your lenses if they have gotten hazy and have a film of dirt on them.

2. Suspension 

Did you know that suspension issues account for nearly a third of all failed MOTs? Suspension is considerably more than just stress absorption and smooth braking. Your suspension system is in charge of reducing friction and keeping your tyres on the ground, both of which are critical to your safety.

Any problems in this area might result in a failed MOT. You can only notice these faults with the aid of a professional because they are concealed beneath the various parts and the body of the automobile. Early symptoms, such as how your automobile responds to a jolt or a quick turn, can be detected. You may also check for the bounce by observing how many times it rises and falls.

3. Brakes

Brakes are a critical component of any vehicle, as any automobile owner knows. However, one out of every ten automobiles still fail its MOT because of brake system problems. Listen for squeaks and screaming noises coming from your automobile to determine whether your brakes are failing. They’re indicators that your brake pads have worn out. 

As you are in a position where an unexpected tug or turn might be felt, you can also check how effective your brake is. You may inspect the braking system by removing the steering wheel if you’re skilled enough.

4. Tyre

Tyre failure during a MOT is a typical occurrence. Examine the tyre condition and pressure before the MOT, making sure they are within the manufacturer’s specifications. Keeping an eye on the pressure from time to time is also a useful habit to develop. Examine the tyres for lumps, irregularities, and cracks. You should also inspect the tread depth to make sure it is at least 3mm deep, as recommended by the MOT. Before taking your automobile for a MOT, be sure these requirements are satisfied.

5. Visibility from the driver’s point of view

There is no doubt that a driver’s visibility is a critical aspect in maintaining a safe driving environment. If your windscreen is cracked or chipped, or your vision is obstructed by an air freshener, phone holder, or other obstruction, it might result in a failed MOT. Check to see whether your windshield washers are functioning properly.

Is there a risk that your bonnet will spring out and obscure the driver’s view? Check that the wipers are operating and that the washer fluid is full, keeping visibility in mind.

If you reside in Bishops Stortford or Stansted and your car is due for a MOT, do contact Smart Mechanics. All tests are carried out by a professional team to eliminate the possibility of bias. There is also no need to go to the garage. We can arrange for the pick-up and delivery of your car.

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