Across the UK, a huge 44% of vehicles failed their last MOT, according to figures from the AA Garage Guide. Some were the result of tiny issues that could have been easily rectified in advance of the MOT. Failing this crucial motoring test is not only inconvenient but can also be costly, so much so that the government is encouraging people to be more prepared for the annual MOT, pointing out that 50% of the faults discovered in an MOT could be avoided with straightforward maintenance. So, what are the most common MOT fails and how can you avoid them next time around?
Problems with wipers and washers
Yes, something as small as an issue with a windscreen wiper can impact on whether your car passes its MOT or not – and yet so many people still don’t take the time to check. 8.5% of faults that arise during an MOT are related to the “driver’s view of the road,” which includes windscreen wipers. So, check that the windscreen wipers and washers work before the MOT takes place, replace any windscreen wiper blades that are damaged or more than a year old and regularly top up washer fluids.
Tyre pressure or damage
7.4% of problems that arise during an MOT relate to the car’s tyres. This could be poor condition, pressure or tread. Before you set off for your MOT, check that your car’s tyres have tread of at least 1.6mm. Make sure the tyres all look the same size, that the pressure is at the right level and look closely for signs of damage.
Lights cause problems in nearly one in five MOTs and are one of the main reasons that your car could fail. There are lights all over your car and all need to be checked before an MOT takes place – those that can be particularly problematic include the registration plate bulb, brake lights and headlight bulbs. It’s fairly simple to check whether your car has any of these issues – you can give the bulbs a light tap to see if they are damaged and you’ll be able to see whether a bulb has blown. Although lighting issues are a big problem in an MOT, light bulbs are cheap and easy to replace so there’s no reason for this to hold your car back from a pass.
Almost 10% of MOT fails are as a result of issues with the car’s brakes. This is something that you can monitor regularly whenever you use the car. Check the brakes to see whether they respond correctly and listen for any unusual noises that accompany brake use. Checking brake fluid is another essential piece of regular maintenance that will help to ensure your car doesn’t unnecessarily fail its MOT.
These common reasons for MOT failure can all be avoided with a little regular maintenance and spot checks on various parts of the car. Not only will this ensure you’re prepared for the MOT but it will lengthen the life of the vehicle too.
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