PRE MOT CHECKS
Avoiding MOT Failure
Check that the column is solid. Turn the steering wheel from left to right as you test for security. Check that there is no play in the steering wheel. A slight amount of play may be normal but basically any turn of the steering wheel should translate immediatley to a change of direction.
If there is a lot a movement in the steering wheel which fails to alter the direction of the car this would indicate either a loose nut at the hub of the steering wheel or a worn steering rack or bushes. The steering should feel secure and firm.
Power steering. The steering should become easier and lighter when the engine is started. Failure would indicate low fluid in power steering system or worn/faulty power steering pump.