Failed MOTs: The Most Likely Reasons You'll Face One

Failed MOTs: The Most Likely Reasons You’ll Face One

Failed MOTs: The Most Likely Reasons You'll Face One

Cars that are older than three years need to pass an annual MOT test (unless they were made before 1960). For many motorists, this is a daunting process that could see their cars taken out of action. Here are the most likely reasons motorists face failed MOTs…

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Visibility (7.2%)

It goes without saying, but driving is a lot easier (and safer) when you can see where you’re going. Amazingly, over 7% of failed MOTs come down to something as avoidable as faulty windscreen wipers and incorrectly placed sat navs! Make sure the rubber on your wipers is still smooth and spongy. Also make sure your bonnet closes properly and that cracks or chips are addressed before your test.

Tyres (7.7%)

As large and heavy as cars have become, the only thing that connects them to the road is the surface of their tyres. It’s important, then, that tyres are kept in a good condition. A tread depth of less than 1.6 mm, incorrect pressures and damage or bulges can all lead to failed MOTs. Make sure to check yours well in advance.

Brakes (10%)

No one needs to be told how important a car’s braking system is. And yet, somehow, one in ten of all failed MOTs are caused by faults that concern them. What’s most concerning about this is that in many cases the flaws would have been obvious. Work brakes don’t, well, brake as well. In addition, they tend to feel spongy and cause peculiar noises. You may also notice that your car drifts to one side. Any issues should be addressed by a professional straight away.

Suspension (13%)

More and more cars are developing faults with their suspensions. Why? It’s at least in part because there are more potholes on Britain’s roads than ever before. Local authorities are also utilising speed bumps more frequently. Faulty suspensions tend to make unusual noises, especially when you make a turn or drive across bumpy roads. You might also notice that it sits unusually when idle. Try pushing down on the corners and see if they raise back into position correctly.

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Lighting And Signalling (18.9%)

It may surprise you, but one of the single most likely reasons behind failed MOTs is faulty lighting and signalling. Nearly a fifth of all vehicles that fail fail because of faulty lights. This could come down to something as trivial as a faulty or dead bulb; which are easy to replace. Before heading to the garage, check your lights front and back and make sure the indicator is visible. Conduct some checks in the dark to make sure none of the lights have become dim or flashy. Give them a good clean, too.

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