Avoid Common MOT Failure
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A failed MOT can mean costly repairs with your car off the road. The good news is that many of the common reasons for MOT failure can be avoided! Webuyurcar have put together this quick guide to help you pass your next MOT and save a bundle!


1. Brake Pads

One of the main issues that can cause a failed MOT is worn brake pads. If you hear squealing or grinding noises when you brake - or your stopping distance seems longer than usual, it’s often a sign you need to replace your vehicle’s brake pads.

Your local Halfords or Kwik Fit garage both offer a free, no-obligation car brake inspection so for safety’s sake, get them checked out – it’s free!


2. Worn-Out Tyres

Inspecting the tread depth and condition of your tyres is crucial to avoid MOT failures and your safety. The minimum tread depth required by law is 1.6mm. You can easily check your tyre depth with a 20p coin by inserting into the tread grooves. If the outer band of the coin is visible, your tyres may be worn out and need to be replaced.

Additionally, look out for any tears, cracks, and signs of wear on your tyres, especially if they're over 4 years old. These damages can weaken the tyres and increase the risk of a blowout.


3. Faulty Lights and Indicators

To avoid MOT failures related to faulty lights and indicators, make sure to check your vehicle's lighting system.

The most common reason for MOT failures in this category is lightbulbs or headlights not working. To check this, walk around your car before your MOT to check if each light is illuminated.

You can test your car’s brake lights by ensuring the handbrake is on and that the light is illuminated from the rear of the car. Ask a friend or family member to help.

To check the reverse lights, park with the handbrake on, turn the key to its first position and put the car into reverse, and check if the light has illuminated.


4. Exhaust Emissions Problems

If your vehicle emits excessive and smelly pollutants, it can lead to an MOT failure. The exhaust emissions test is designed to measure the levels of harmful gases emitted by your car. This includes carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. If these emissions exceed the acceptable limits set by the MOT standards, your vehicle will most certainly fail the test.

To avoid this failure, ensure that your car is properly maintained, and that the engine is running efficiently. Regular servicing, including checking and replacing the air and fuel filters, can help keep your emissions in check.

Additionally, driving responsibly and avoiding harsh acceleration and braking can also contribute to reducing emissions. Your car will love you for it!


5. Suspension and Steering Faults

Is your suspension and steering functioning properly? Faulty suspension and steering systems are common reasons for MOT failures and often caused by driving too fast over supermarket speed bumps and potholes in the road. One overlooked component is the coil spring, which can weaken and eventually break over time.

To visually check the coil spring, raise your car using a jack and place an axle stand underneath. Alternatively, turn the wheels onto full lock for better visibility.


Pass the MOT with flying colours

Being aware of the common causes of MOT failures and taking the time to inspect and maintain your vehicle can save you from the hassle and expense of a failed MOT. By checking your lights, suspension, brakes, tyres, you can increase your chances of passing the MOT with flying colours.


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Article posted on: 19 January 2024. Author: Ken

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