Many people ask me, “what are the main things that get checked during an MOT test”. There is only one answer to this, and that is “everything”. You may lose the right to drive your vehicle, if it fails the MOT. Therefore it is worth taking the time to check everything that needs checking. This article will give you an overview of what items you should check before your MOT and the items checked by the MOT Tester. If you remember just a few small things when reviewing them, it will save you vast amounts of time and money on the MOT.
The main things that get checked in an MOT Test
One of the primary checks that will be carried out on an MOT is the tyres. It is essential to check that the tyres are inflated to the correct PSI, as under-inflated tyres consume more fuel. Another check that is carried out, is the tread of the tyres. The tread of the tyres must be no less than 1.6mm, which is the minimum legal limit. If your tyres are below the minimum legal limit, the police can give you a fine, as well as points on your licence.
In addition to checking the tyres, you will also need to check the car battery pressure. By under-charging and overcharging your car battery can damage your battery, which can prove to be very costly further down the line.
Another check that MOT testers carry out is the brake balance of your vehicle, they do this by using a wheel-balance device. If the brake balance has been set incorrectly, this may cause the car to pull more to one side when braking, or in some cases you can lose control of your vehicle, especially when driving at high speed.
The last part of the exhaust system is the exhaust filter. This is one of the main things that are checked on an MOT, as they check for any errors and ensure that they are not going to affect the car’s performance. If the filter is faulty or damaged, this could result in the vehicle being banned from being driven on the UK roads.
The performance of your exhaust system is also something that an MOT tester will inspect. The inspector will be looking to see how well the vehicle copes with the fuel emissions.
This part of the test checks the amount of emissions the exhaust produces. However, you can request that a professional MOT Test Centre checks your exhaust system prior to the expiry of your MOT.
The interior of a car is also likely to be thoroughly inspected. The inspector will check every seat belt, to ensure that they are in working order, along with checking that all doors and windows open and close. Furthermore, they also check for rust on the vehicle.
It is very likely that all vehicles over a certain age have a car survey done before putting them on the market. However, if you want a car that is as safe to drive as possible, then it may be worth considering a car inspection as well.
One of the main things that get checked by the inspector is the vehicle’s safety. However, if there are any safety concerns, and the vehicle fails the MOT, it then becomes illegal to sell or drive the vehicle. MOT test centres, will always carry out an intensive safety inspection of the vehicle before passing the vehicle’s MOT and giving the certificate of completion.