car maintenance tips

Passing an MOT test is not a big hurdle if you keep your car in proper running conditions. However, a little negligence can cost you the permission to drive your car on the UK roads. Surveys from DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) have revealed the most common reasons why people fail their MOT test. Here’s what they have to say:

  • 27.6 % of failures are due to faulty lamps and reflectors.

  • 18.4% are due to problems in the suspension.

  • 10.6% of the failures occur because of obstruction in the driver’s view of the road.

  • Issues with fuel system cause another 6.1% of MOT test failures.

You should not let these minor problems keep you from getting your MOT certificate. About 50% of all faults found during the vehicle test are preventable with just regular maintenance.

Here are few ways to ensure you pass the MOT in Ancaster or anywhere else across Britain:

  1. Light bulb check

1 in 5 cars that fail MOT do so because of faulty light bulbs and signalling. Most of these problems are as simple as blown out bulbs. It’s easy to replace bulbs by yourself so make sure you do it before you go ahead with a test.

  1. Tyres check

7.4% of MOT failures were because of faulty tyres. You can use a tread depth gauge to measure the tread depth of your tyres. The minimum legal tread depth must be 1.6 mm. it is always advisable to have a tread depth of at least 3 mm. If by any case your tyres do not meet the aforementioned standards, it is better to fit a new set of tyres in Sleaford or anywhere else in the UK. Additionally, you will be better off with these tyre check pointers before the MOT:

  • If they comply with the manufacturer’s recommended size.

  • Accurate air pressure.

  • Signs of impact damage. Impact damages show up in forms of localised wearing.

  • Unevenly worn-out treads as a result of wheel misalignment.

  • Use of tyres unsuitable to the respective weather conditions. Always use winter tyres for the wintry conditions and summer tyres for hotter months.

  1. Check the Brakes

Brake issues cause one 1 of 10 MOT failures. You should make a practice of checking your brakes on a regular basis.

Some of the signs of problematic brakes are:

  • Spongy or a loose brake pedal when you press down on it.

  • Screeching, metallic sounds when you apply brakes, indicative of worn-out brake pads.

  • A flashing brake indicator light. Modern vehicles have warning lights to signal defective components. The brakes also have their respective fault indicator lights on the dashboard.

  1. Keep a clear driver’s view of the road

Simple problems like stickers and tags on the windscreen can cause you to fail an MOT. 6.6% of such fails are due to issues with the driver’s view.

Check for these things:

  • Are your wipers and washers working correctly?

  • Any toys, stickers, etc. hindering your view of the road.

  • The rear-view mirrors are properly adjustable.

Also, top up your washer fluid regularly, and make sure they are working smoothly. If your washers show any signs of damage, consider replacing them. Any cracks on your windscreen mean you should change it immediately, as this can lead to more massive accidents.

  1. Suspension

Poor suspension conditions can cost you the MOT certificate. About 8% of the failures are because of malfunctioning suspensions. Signs like sharp jolts and vibrations when driving over bumps are indicative of frayed shock absorbers. Fluid leakage from the dampers and corrosion on the suspension springs can be reasons for suspension damage.

Get your MOT certificate on time to avoid any legal complications. If you live in Ancaster or anywhere near Sleaford, search for an auto garage with a licence for MOT test. For example, Roberts Tyres is a garage with a license from DVSA that you can visit.