MOT Failure - Avoid the common faults

The Top 5 Reasons for a fail

19% of Fails - Lights

Start the car and have a friend walk around it giving you an indication that all lights are operating correctly. Check the headlights (full beam and dipped), tail and break lights, indicators, fog lights and driving lights (if fitted). It’s often just a blown bulb which is easy enough to change yourself. Also check the covers and lenses for cracks and misting as these can also lead to a fail.

13% of Fails - Suspension

Lumps, potholes and hitting the kerb too hard all take a toll on the suspension and leaking shock absorbers are often the result. Have a look to see if the car is sitting level. Any unusual clunks when you’re going along? Unfortunately this is probably not one to try and put right yourself.

10% of Fails - Brakes

Obviously a very important part of the vehicle that needs to work perfectly. Does the car pull to one side when you brake? Do you hear any strange grinding or squealing sounds? Also if you can see the discs are they smooth or grooved? If grooved you probably need them looked at. Again we'd say leave this one to the professionals.

8% of Fails - Tyres

If you put a 20p coin into the tread and can see the writing running around the outer edge they are no longer legal. Also check the sidewalls for bulges and cuts.

7% of Fails - Unsafe View

Check for cracks or chips in the windscreen around the drivers eye line. Make sure that your bonnet clip is secure (a bonnet flying open whilst you are on the motorway is an extremely dangerous event). Check your washers and wipers. Again it’s vital that you can see the road ahead clearly at all times. Wiper blades are something that a lot of us can change without too much trouble, same applies to a washer bottle top up and possibly even clearing and aligning the washer jets (we’d recommend that you check your vehicle’s owners manual to make sure they are serviceable by you first though)

The take away...

You may not be able to fix a lot of these yourself but at least you’ll know that your vehicle is more likely to pass if you’ve checked and remedied the above problems before it goes into the MOT testing bay and won't have to dread the phone call/text of doom quite so much.

Call us if you’re unsure and share a picture, we’ll be happy to give you some free advice on what’s best to do.

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Posted in Safety on Sep 08, 2021 close