It’s that time of year again, unless of course you’re constantly buying a new car every two years in which case, you’re laughing. So what’s needed for a car to pass its MOT? It’s not all luck and there’s plenty you can do if you require a car MOT in Southampton or nearby.
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The most annoying thing is finding out during your MOT test that something is wrong, when previously you thought it was fixed. Which is why there’s a simple (although by no means complete) checklist that you can go through even when your car has just had a service to check it is MOT test ready.
THE TEN TO ONE IN TEN MINUTES
From the top, just as with anything in life, if you spruce up your car a bit, clean the interior and exterior it will show that you’re a caring owner. Mechanics dealing with MOTs are particularly pleased when overseeing an MOT test on a nice clean motor.
Next up, the obvious which is staring you in the face. As soon as it’s a bit dark, flick those lights on and off, check your rear lights, headlights, fog lamps, brake lights and indicator lights, and while you’re at it, internal lighting too and make sure all bulbs are working and that the plastic facias are super clean and not broken.
Now for everyone’s favourite, including those running through the checklist of the Car MOT pre-mot checks. The air filters and spark plugs need a thorough check up before you go head first into your MOT. The most common failing is a dirty air filter, clean or switch it over. With the spark plugs, you generally only need worry if you’ve done a lot of mileage, but worth seeing if they’re worn down, if so, replace, they can also be a tell tale sign of any engine problems.
PREPARE FOR YOUR MOT TEST
While we’re nearly at the end of the pre-check, it’s the best bit. Windscreen washers, wiper blades and brake fluid. Check for air in the brake fluid by using the pedal. It may need bleeding like a radiator. Then comes the tyres. Tyres are very dangerous and illegal if the treads are worn down too much. Check they are the required minimum height of 1.6mm and that your tyres have enough air in them with a tyre pressure gauge.
The registration number and VIN no doubt match the numbers in your logbook. If they don’t, oh dear! If you have children it worth also ensuring you still have adequate seat belts and that they haven’t lost their firmness or started wearing down. Then for a final full marks test doing your MOT in Eastleigh, beep your horn, switch your hazard lights on, and then book your MOT test in with us asap!