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|Q||HiIm considering changing my headlampsdipped main beamon my Ford Puma to yellowor could be known as Amberhalogens as I like the Euro look. Firstly,is this legal And secondly,would it pass an MOT with these installed,or would I have to put back in situ the standard white halogens for the MOT test|
Your help clarifying this matter would be greatly appreciated.
The manual says that headlights can be white or yellow so there should not be a problem
Front light bulbs are different brightness
|Q||My car has supposedly failed its MOT due to the fact the front light bulbs are different brightness. One broke and I replaced it with a halogen instead of a xenon. The garage are trying to replace it with 150 new bulbs.|
Am I being scammed
No - Xenon bulbs are much more efficient and last longer than normal bulbs but they are more expensive.
The MOT manual says: Reasons for failure: An obligatory main or dipped beam headlamp intended to be a matched pair: do not emit light of the same colour are not the same size or shape.
You could always try replacing the other xenon bulb to match the replacement as long as the brightness of the headlamps is sufficient and equal
Headlamp aim too low
|Q||I had a refusal of a test certificate. Headlamp aim too low.|
It also had 4 advisorys .
Next day I got mot certificate with no advisorys showing.
Can i be assured that my mot is clear of any faults.
It may have been missed. If you have has the certificate issued then it is valid for 12 months but unless the inspector manually adjusted the headlamps then the fault could still be there.
|Q||My Discovery Failed MOST Today as drivers headlight kicked to the right on inspection that headlight is European not British.I have had car 2 years and 2 mots done the car is as garage sold it to me.Can I put a converter cover over that side to pass MOT or will I have to find a secondhand one as new are 400 plus.proving difficult as like gold dust|
The Manual 1.8 states
Masks or converter kits may be fitted to right
hand dip headlamps to temporarily alter the lamp for
use in the UK by removing the beam kick-up to the
A headlamp altered in this way is not a reason for
a. the headlamp aim is not rejected for the
reasons listed under diagram 1 except that
the top of the beam image will be a straight
b. the light output is not unduly reduced - not
usually a problem with commercially
c. the mask or converter is securely attached.so if you have a converter pack correctly fitted you will pass
|Q||Is it illegal to use headlamps which have a different degree of brightness|
The manual states that headlights must be a matched pair A matched pair is a pair of lamps which:
both emit light of substantially the same colour and intensity, and
are both the same size and of such a shape that they are symmetrical to one another there is no separate legal information but if it fails the MOT you can assume it could be an offence
Daytime Running Lights
|Q||Does a daytime driving light fail an mot if it is not working|
Daytime running lamps are not testable unless they replace the front position lamps. Where this is the case, they should dim when the position lamps are switched on and may extinguish when the headlamps are switched on.
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|Q||Do headlamp washers if fitted have to work for the MoT or does it depend on the type of headlamps i.e. standard halogen or HID actually fitted by the manufacturer|
If fitted must work
|Q||I have xenon bulbs in my front headlamps. Will these fail MOT Its not an HID kit. Just xenon bulbs that replace the halogen ones.|
The Test only tests the direction of the beam. As long as it would not blind other vehicles it should pass.
|Q||headlight setting for a ford focus 05model|
Headlight settings must be in between certain settings, it doesnt matter what make/model. All vehicles have to be comply. All settings are shown here MOT
Manual - Headlight
|Q||what does my bike need for a day time mot.as my bike has no lights |
A daylight MOT would require a motorbike to have a horn and a rear registration plate.
The testing guidelines state that motorbikes can be exempt from having lamps tested if they meet the following criteria:-
machines which have neither front nor rear position lamps, or have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked that are:-
only used in daylight hours
not used in times of serious reduced visibility
The following items/lamps are not required to be tested in order for a MOT to pass a daylight MOT test as long as they meet the criteria above.
Front and Rear position lamps
|Q||My headlights are not set well, is that a MOT failure |
Yes the headlight is tested on the MOT test - for full information please visit MOT Test - Lights
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