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MOT Testing at Pitt Stop

Here is an indication as to what items are tested during an MOT and how this is done. The list is only a brief summary of the actual procedures used and not all items apply to all cars.

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Also it should be noted that dis-assembly of any part of the vehicle is not allowed during an MOT test which means that hidden items such as faulty wheel cylinders cannot be seen or failed.

  • Lighting Equipment
    • All head- and side-lights are tested for correct operation; condition and security. All lights must be the correct type. Headlights must be correctly aimed and can operate effectively on both dipped- and full-beam. Indicators, brake lights and hazard lights must all be present in full working order. They must not interfere with the operation of each other.
  • Under the Bonnet
    • Upper Suspension Joints and any other suspension components which can be inspected from under the bonnet are checked, along with:
      • Security of steering rack or box and mountings
      • Excessive play in steering rack or box
      • Play in steering joints
      • Any other parts of the steering system that can be seen from under the bonnet.
  • Under the Vehicle
    • Condition of suspension joints are checked for excessive play; no bent or broken components; condition of the road springs etc.
    • Shock absorbers for leakage & security; shock absorbers for damping action.
    • We check for excessive play in rack/steering joints under load test as well as excessive lift/play in steering box.
    • Power steering is checked for leaks etc.
    • The condition of front and rear wheel bearings is checked regarding play and noise.
    • Any metal or rubber bushes are checked for excessive play or wear.
  • Bodywork
    • Bodywork is checked to ensure it is in good condition with no evidence of corrosion.
  • Exhaust System
    • If your exhaust system has part of the system missing this will result in failure. Also if any of the following is present:
      • Excessive deterioration.
      • Support mountings are missing or broken.
      • Excessive noise.
      • Excessive exhaust emissions