As a top London MOT centre, We Fix Any Car performs a huge number of MOTs each year. We understand that MOTS aren’t the most fun thing about owning a car (it’s not really something you’d be excited to put in your diary, anyway) but they are incredibly important to keeping you safe on the road. To help your MOT go as smoothly and hassle-free as possible, we’ve put together a little guide showing you how you can prepare your car and spot any problems before we do!
1. London MOT Centre
Although it’s not exactly preparing your car, a vital step to a stress-free MOT is finding out where our London garage is located, just to make sure you don’t get lost on the way and end up missing your appointment. You can also take a look at what our MOT will cover, to give you an idea of what to check before your appointment. It’s always good to be prepared!
2. The Little Things
Before moving onto the more intricate checks, make sure that your car will actually be able to perform for its MOT. This may sound obvious but we can’t stress enough how important it is. Make sure you have all the keys (ignition, boot, fuel tank), and that you have a good amount of fuel to run on. If we can’t use the car then we’ll be a bit stuck!
Give all your doors a check to ensure they work without issue. This could be especially important if you rarely use any doors other than the drivers, as they could’ve become rusty or stiff. Test they all lock from the inside and out.
As one of the biggest problem areas, it’s a good idea to check your lights all year round, but also before your MOT – it doesn’t take long so it’s definitely worth it. Check that all lights are working including indicators, stop lights and your main head lights, and that there are no cracks in the glass.
It’s difficult to check brakes properly without the proper gear, but there are a few things you can do that’ll help identify problems. Make sure that your brake fluid isn’t below the minimum or above the maximum and fill it up if it’s running a little low. You should also test your handbrake; it shouldn’t need a lot of force to move it back but also shouldn’t be too easy to release, and any un-nerving noises such as excessive clicking should be an immediate red-flag.
When you’re driving, it can be tricky to notice problems with your cars exhaust. Before your MOT, rev your engine whilst the car isn’t moving, with the brakes on, and open the doors and windows. Listen out for unusual sounds and rattling, and check that there isn’t an excessive amount of fumes and smoke being produced.
Check that your tyres aren’t too worn down or damaged – this is a problem that can easily go unnoticed but is a real safety hazard. The tread depth should be above 1.6mm; this is the lowest it can be, but usually you should get your tyres changed when it reaches around 3mm. They’ll also be tested for pressure, so make sure yours are well pumped. If you’re worried about the condition of your tyres, get them checked before the MOT – just to be sure.
8. Windscreen Wipers
If your windscreen wipers aren’t working, you won’t get that pass you’re hoping for. Ensure that they’re not rubbing the screen too hard or are a bit jolty when they move. It’s also a good plan to top up your screen wash before your MOT.
If there are any cracks or chips in your windscreen, they must be outside the area of your wipers and below a diameter of 10mm in order for you to pass. All your mirrors should also be without cracks that obscure vision, and will have to be securely fixed into their casings.
You want to look out for damaged parts in your steering wheel; these can be identified by clicks when your turn the wheel fully from lock to lock or from unusual noises from the power steering pump. You should also take your car for a spin down a straight road and see if it veers to the side and how responsive it is to turning.
There are many more things you can be checking on your car such as the battery, seat belts and horn, but these are some of the main problem areas. Preparing your car before your MOT is a smart move, making it much more likely you’ll pass and helping the whole thing to be a little less of a hassle.
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