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Top 10 tips for a successful MOT test

March 3rd 2016

If you want to give your vehicle the best possible chance of passing an MOT we advise all your round checks and basic maintenance that you can carry out quite easily at home or on your own premises.


Here at Howarth’s Garage we have a busy MOT test workshop and we will be pleased to test your vehicle in our spotless environment. We have been part of the Bosch Car Service Network for over 6 years and as such we work to The Bosch Car Service Code of Practice assuring you of our commitment to customer care at all times.


When you know that your MOT test is coming up here are our best tips to help you get through the test. Putting in a little effort beforehand might be the difference between passing or failing!


  1. Is your car clean?

This might seem like an obvious question but a dirty car can hide a multitude of sins – inside or out – and might be refused at the test centre.


  1. Handbrake

If the lever clicks up too many times it probably needs adjusting – get this done pre-test.


  1. Tyres

Minimum tread depth is 1.6mm – buy new tyres beforehand if you are in doubt.


  1. Brake Fluid

Check the levels. Plus if the brake pedal feels spongy when pressed then there could be an air lock in the hydraulics which needs bleeding.


  1. Mirrors

All mirrors must be in good condition and not broken or cracked.


  1. Shocks

Shock absorbers may wear particularly on older vehicles. By bouncing each corner of the car you can check for wear as the car should settle after a couple of bounces. Excessive play in the steering wheel may indicate wear in the linkage.

  1. Screen

Any cracks or chips in the windscreen within the driver’s field of view will lead to failure of the test.

  1. External Lights

Check they are all working properly. Replace bulbs as necessary. Your number plates and all lights must be clean with no cracks or damage.

  1. Wiper blades

Fit new wiper blades if they are worn and top up the screen wash reservoir. Remember to check that the horn works too!


  1. And finally………

Check the seat belts for fraying or sticking. Check the exhaust is OK – start the engine and hold a clean cloth over the tailpipe and you will hear if the system is leaking.


We advise you not to wait until the last minute to apply for an MOT as you can bring your car along up to a month before the old certificate runs out. And hopefully when your car passes just take a little time to read any advisory comments on the certificate which can need your attention in the future!




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