MOT Checks

An MOT is designed to look after the key components of your car so it’s a good idea to keep on top of regular maintenance to give your vehicle the best chance of passing. At Smallbone and Sons, our garage offers MOTs and servicing but there are a few checks you can carry out at home before you bring your car in.

Here are the top ten things you can check at home:

1.     Brake fluid

The brake fluid may be something you can check at home but make sure you are clear on the fluid that is right for your make and model. It should be clear or amber when you come to top it up. If the remnants are brown, your brake fluid will need changing.

2.     Mirrors

All your mirrors need to be intact, check for cracks, mirror positioning and damaged edges as all of these will be examined during your MOT.

3.     Warning lights

If any warning lights have come on recently, you must get these checked out and sorted before your MOT.

4.     Tyres

Not only are correct tyre treads a legal requirement, but they also keep you safe on the road too. The 20p test will make sure your tyres are road worthy but if they do need changing, you will need to do this before your MOT takes place.

5.     Lights

Check that your lights are in working order, with correct positioning and brightness.

6.     Horn

Arguably the easiest of these checks, you will certainly know whether it is working or not!

7.     Oil checks

This is an important check to make as without sufficient oil, the garage will not be able to test the emission levels of your vehicle.

8.     Windscreen

This is a tricky area in the MOT world as some marks and scratches will pass and MOT and others will be deemed unsafe. The rule of thumb is that if it is under 10mm and not obstructing the driver’s view, you should be okay. If you are in doubt, it is best to get it checked and potentially repaired.

9.     Cleaning

Often not the make or break but you need to make sure that your number plates are dirt free and your lights are not smudged. Plus, a clean car is a happy car.

10.  Maintenance

While a looming MOT encourages you to check over your car, it is important to stay on top of maintenance all year round.

If you are looking for an MOT centre in Birmingham, head to Smallbone and Son or visit the website to find out more.