Car MOT Testing Tips (Class 4)

Top Tips  - Checks you can do yourself before going for an MOT test to help you pass first time.

Test using a tyre gauge or the edge of a 20p coin

TYRE CHECKS

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Your tyres must be of good general condition and have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across each tyre.

If the tyre depth is more than the outer band of the 20p coin, the tyre is within the legal requirements.

Check for chips and ensure wipers work

WINDSCREEN &

WIPER

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Test by pulling each seat belt sharply, it should lock to prevent being pulled further.

SEATBELT CHECKS

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The driver’s seat must be able to be adjusted, moving backwards and forwards. Seat belts must be in working order.

 

Test by pulling each seat belt sharply, it should lock to prevent being pulled further.

Fill up your car with enough fuel for 15 - 20 minutes of running

ENGINE OIL AND FUEL

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Ensure you have your mirrors still attached!

MIRROR CHECKS

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The vehicle must have a working driver’s side mirror, as well as second mirror, which is usually on the passenger’s side.

Make sure your horn works by giving it a press!

HORN

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Ensure that all of your car’s lights are working 

CHECK LIGHTS

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Check your headlights, brake lights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.

Ensure your car registration plates are clean

REGISTRATION PLATE

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The areas directly above the vision of a steering wheel from top to bottom must be clear from any chips sized over 10mm. Other areas of the windscreen must also be free of any chips sized over 40mm.

Your windscreen wipers must work effectively. Any tears or holes may result in a fail. Your windscreen washer should be filled up to the top.

Before taking your vehicle for a test, fill your vehicle up as it will be on for part of the test.

Also fill your engine oil up to the maximum before the test.

 

You should top up your brake fluid to the maximum if needed.

You will fail your MOT test if your horn does not work.

All registration plates must also be clean and readable, meeting the standard legal requirements of font and spacing.