A lot of MOT failures can be avoided by performing a few simple mot checks before coming to the test. Check out these helpful tips…
Replace any tyres that are visibly damaged or deteriorated and check the tyre pressure is correct.
TIP: If you don’t have a tyre gauge to test the tread use the edge of a 20p coin – if the rim around the edge of the coin is smaller than the tread level you’re OK!
Next check the bulbs.
Headlights (white), rear lights (red), sidelights (white), brake lights (red), indicators (yellow), hazard lights (yellow) and lights for number plates (white).
TIP: If lights flicker when you tap them, the bulbs probably need tightening up or replacing.
Next check the wiper blades.
TIP: If your wipers have picked up a lot of grease from the road that’s smearing the window, give them a wipe over with some white vinegar.
Next check the windscreen carefully.
Any chips over 10mm in size in the area directly above the steering wheel (top to bottom of the window), this is likely to cause an MOT failure. Elsewhere on the windscreen, the limit is 40mm.
Screen wash should be be topped up and working properly.
TIP: If the washer jet is a bit weak (and the screen wash tank is not empty) wiggle a pin in the nozzle to see if that clears it.
Next asses the mirrors.
The last step of the pre-mot checks is to look at the doors and bonnet.
Doors and bonnet
TIP: While you’re checking the bonnet, make sure that your oil and brake fluid are topped up.