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|Q||My wife popped a rear tyre. She found 2 2nd hand tyres cheap for the rear. Our tyre guy said it was illegal to fitt the new tyres with a load rating 99 on the rear with the old front tyres with a 95 load rating. Is this true|
The British Tyre manufacturers state When replacing tyres ensure the Tyre Size is appropriate for the vehicle and that the Load Index and Speed Symbol are equal to or higher than those tyres originally fitted by the vehicle manufacturer with your load ratings higher then you are fine
Van fitted with car Tyres
|Q||Will you van pass with a good set of car tyres or do i need van tyres|
Vans, even car derived vans, usually require specific tyres which are designed to cope with the payload of the vehicle. Car tyres are often not suitable for vans a reason for rejection is if a tyre has a load index or ply rating and tyre size that is inadequate for the permitted maximum laden weight of the axle to which it is fitted
My car Chevrolet Captiva 2WD uses 215R70/16 100H tyres, can I fit van tyres of the same size/rating
I have searched Google and cant find a authoritative answer.
Yes you can. Van tyres are made for higher loads than cars. As long as the tyres are in good condition and match per axle then they will pass an MOT
|Q||My car is originally fitted with 205 55 16 tyres and I have just replaced the rear tyres with a pair of 205 50 16 with a higher speed and load rating. The tyre fitter said it may not pass the MOT with this configuration. Is this the case A friend also told me as long as the smaller tyres are on the front, it should be ok.|
Providing they are matching pairs you will pass the BMW 740 D has larger tyres on the rear
Different sized tyres
|Q||Hi i have a vauxhall astra 1.6l i went to speedys to get new tyres changed on both sides in the front. After few months what i have noticed is my back tyres are 185 and speedy has put 195 in the front. Is that a problem Suppose i had to change one of the back tyre and put 195 instead of 185 would that make my car look high and low from the rear side. Thank you|
It would only be a problem if two tyres sharing the same axle where different. This would be an MOT fail
|Q||I have a Chrysler 300c and have pressure sensors in my tyres and a light on my dash board to tell me when they are under pressure, I had to change a trye as the valve was broken thus leaving the car with only 3 working pressure sensors. The main dealership says that it is an MOT fail if all of sensors are not working I check my tyres every week so I know that the pressure in the tyres is correct .... I have an ORANGE LIGHT DISPLAYED ON MY DASH TELLING ME THAT ONE SENSOR IS NOT WORKING .. IS THIS AN mot FAIL |
Yes - As of 1 January 2015, a car displaying a TPMS fault when submitted for its MOT will result in a test failure
|Q||my car has 10 years old tyres, can i pass mot|
Although various manufacturers do not recommend using tyres of that age After five years or more in use, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional the age is not a reason to fail but condition is the deciding factor
|Q||Can tyres that were made in 1990 but never fitted still be road legal and safe in 2016|
It is strongly recommend that unused tyres should not be put into service if they are over 6 years old and that all tyres should be replaced 10 years from the date of their manufacture.
MOT Tyre speed ratings
|Q||hello, ive had some new tyres put on my jeep by the dealer which are q rated at 99 mph, the jeeps top speed is 107 mph is this something i should be worried about for safety legal reasons, thankyou.|
To be legal or pass the MOT it is not required to have either the original spec tyres fitted by the manufacturer or those that match the maximum speed of the vehicle the tyres must be suitable for the type of use of the vehicle on a day to day basis
Different size tyres
Is it ok to have 195 tyres on rear and 185 tyres on frons
Yes you will pass with matched pair of tyres on the front and a matched pair on the rear
|Q||Fiesta van with 86t rated winter tyres on all round. Can I replace rears only with 90t rated summer tyres without gettting mot failed.|
Providing the wheels and tyres on the same axel ie front or back are the same size you will pass
|Q||Original size 205/55r16, got aftermarket wheels, new tyresize 225/40r18 even when tyres new, will it pass mot This tyre size is not written on original tyre size chart in the cars door way|
Changing wheel sizes is permissible as long as they do not foul any part of the car if the tyres are the same size on each wheel then you will pass
|Q||I think my car may need new tyres, it is also due for an MOT. Should I get the new tyres before the MOT or wait|
Your car can fail on worn tyres if they are getting near their renewal it is better to replace the worn ones before the test
|Q||I want to replace the standard alloys and tyres on a 2015 Ford Transit Connect Panel Van with different alloys and tyres matching sizes etc taken as a given.|
Is a Transit Connect a Class 4 vehicle therefore and is tyre ratings not an issue What about the alternative alloy wheels. My thinking is that these vans can carry weight and will it pass an MOT of aftermarket alloys and tyres fitted
The van is tested as a class 4 the wheels will be treated as cosmetic
Why is the age of a motorcycle tyre not taken into consideration at MOT time
I have just enquired about a motorcycle for sale, built in 1998 but that has been in storage for 10 years from around 2003. The mileage is 2600, therefore the visible wear is minimal.
The tyres are dated from the year of manufacture and are therefore around 16 years old.
The manufactures give a usable age that is no longer than 10 years, usually more like 5 as the rubber deteriorates over time.
The seller is offering the motorcycle with a current MOT certificate
Surely this is a gap in the testing criteria that needs attention
The age of the brake fluid is very likely to be of the same vintage as there is no service record.
The age of all tyres should be taken into consideration but unfortunately a visual check is standard older tyres are dangerous and it is only a matter of time before it the date check enters the manual as for brake fluid or power steering we can assume the cost of testing equipment would push up the cost of the mot
|Q||Is it legal to mix same size summer and winter tyres on the same axle of a van|
Tyres sharing an axle must of the same type and structure. The tread patterns do not need to match as long as they are in good condition.
|Q||Is slight perishing on tyres an mot failure.|
If the tyres are deemed as dangerous by the MOT tester then the car will fail.
Second hand Tyres
|Q||If my car has failed m.o.t on tyres can I replace with second hand ones to pass|
As long as the tread is within the legal limit and the tyres are in good condition then yes.
|Q||I have fitted in my car the standard tyres size 215/55/16 93W, I need to replace them and I could get 4 brand new 195/55/16 87V instead....Could I replace them and still pass the MOT|
As long as the tyres fit the rims properly and are of the same size per axle.
One rear wheel which is an alloy
|Q||My MOT garage said that my car has failed the MOT because I have one rear wheel which is an alloy and the other rear wheel is a steel wheel. They are both the same size. Are they right|
Its really the tyres that are tested. Tyres on the same axle must match and you cannot have a space saver for the MOT.
|Q||Just had wifes car motd.The garage have failed it on worn front tyre and have stated it is unroadworthy. Tyres had been ordered from a different garage and ready to be put on.The garage that did the mot are claiming the work and are charging nearly double the price of the tyres I wanted on the car. Can they refuse to let the car go, with 11 days left of the original mot, and push my wife into paying their hefty charges for a new tyre|
The garage should not have proceeded to do any work on the car without your authorisation. If they have not already fitted the tyre then there is no obligation to have the tyre fitted by them. If they have fitted the tyre then they may refuse to release the car until any outstanding bills have been paid for.
The citizens advice bureau says: If you only asked the garage to do a specific piece of work and they did extra work that you didnt ask for, you can ask them to undo the work. If this isnt possible, you should insist you only pay for the work that was agreed.
The garage is not allowed to sell or get rid of the car while youre disputing the bill. They can, however, keep your car while the bill is being disputed.
Ask the garage if theyre a member of any trade association eg Motor Codes, the Retail Motor Industry Federation61582;or the Motor Cycle Industry Association. You could also search the trade associations websites to see if the garage is a member.
Some trade associations will offer a free service where they will help you resolve your dispute with the garage - this can include getting compensation eg for being out of pocket or having your time wasted.
Contact the trade association and explain your circumstances to them - this is sometimes called a conciliation service.
Youll only be able to get help from a trade association if the garage is a member.
Use an alternative dispute resolution ADR scheme
Ask the garage if theyre a member of an alternative dispute resolution ADR scheme - its a way of solving disagreements without going to court. A third party will mediate to try and reach a solution.
If they dont respond, theyre not a member of an ADR scheme or wont use ADR, keep a record of the fact that you asked them and the date. Youll need this if you end up in court.
Choose a Trading Standards-approved ADR scheme61582;yourself to try and solve the problem more informally. Itll help you later if you end up going to court.
Minimum tyre tread depth
|Q||what is the thread depth required to pass the MOT|
The law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help you judge how much tread you have on your car tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.
|Q||I have winter tyres on my car will it pass a mot|
If the tyres are in good condition you will pass
|Q||Can my car have mixed brands of tyre|
If the tyres are the same size the brand of the tyre does not effect you and providing the tyres are within the legal limit you will pass
|Q||My new tyres have 7mm depth in the main grooves but the small grooves at either side running radially have a depth varying between 3 at each end and 5 in the centre. Do these small grooves count in the 75 measurement of depth for the MOT as they will surely be worn down far sooner |
The design of tyres is such that providing the correct pressures are maintained you will get even wear that is providing you do not use the car like a racer
|Q||My car was fitted with 225/50/r17 /98h tyres it has now been fitted with 225/50/r17 /97h. Is this a mot failure the difference in the h number |
As long as the sizes of the tyres on the car are all the same size you will pass
|Q||I have been informed it is illegal to mix tyres with diffent speed ratings on the same axle. is this correct |
As long as the tyres are identical in size its a pass
Hope you can help.
On a Renault Traffic short wheel base I have 4 x 195/65/16C summer tyres on.
3 of these are 8ply and 1 is 6ply rated. Is this legal will it pass MOT like this
I really appreciate your help. thank you.
As long as the tyres are the same size which they are and in serviceable condition the will pass
Failed MOT early
|Q||If I take my car for an MOT 1 month before it expires, and it fails, is the old MOT certificate still valid I wouldnt include tyres in this as it would be illegal to drive on worn tyres.|
If your vehicle fails its MOT a month early, Yes, you can drive it on the old MOT test certificate untill that expiry date
Tyres Life span
|Q|| what is the legal life span for road tyres|
There is no official legal time Michelin and Continental advise a 10 year life span but how the tyre has been treated curbing or potholes can have a detrimental effect on its life span useful tyre information can be found on www.btmauk.com
|Q||Garage Failed on TPMS along with a couple of Minor Faults. Previous Owner had the Sensors removed from all 4 Wheels.|
TPMS light flashes for Approx 10 Seconds and then stays on.
Dave October 2017
For cars first used on or after 1 January 2012: If the TPMS light flashes and then stays on then it indicates a fault which will in turn cause an MOT fail. Its one of those things where they are not required to be fitted but if they are, they must work. You could have them re-fitted, they are fitted where the old tyre valve is located when the tyres are removed.
Tyre Load and Speed ratings
is it allowed to have tyre
225/45 R17 Y 94 on left front wheel, and
225/45 R17 Y 91 on right front wheel
ie 94 load vs 91 load
I think it is ok because they are physically the same size, but I wanted to check please. The 94 seem to have better fuel efficiency.
Tyres that share an axle must match in nominal size and aspect ratio. The load and speed ratings do not have to match as long as they are both adequate for the vehicle.
Re Test at different MOT Station
|Q||My car failed the test on three things. If I fix these things, and take it to another, different MOT centre, within the 10 working days limit, will it only be tested on those failures I.E just a partial test as opposed to a full MOT. I understand the full fee will apply |
A partial test would normally only be done by the same garage as the original test otherwise the test would be full You would be paying for a full test if you took it to a different station anyway
You wont have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of these items:
brake pedal antislip
break glass hammer class 5 vehicles only
doors including hinges, catches and pillars
door open warning device class 5 vehicles only
emergency exits and signs class 5 vehicles only
entrance door remote control class 5 vehicles only
entrance/exit steps class 5 vehicles only
fuel filler cap
headlamp cleaning or levelling devices that doesnt need a headlamp aim check
lamps excluding headlamp aim
main beam tell-tale
seatbelts but not anchorages, seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
sharp edges or projections
stairs class 5 vehicles only
trailer electrical sockets
towbars excluding body around anchorage points
tyre pressure monitoring system
vehicle identification number VIN
windscreen glass, wipers and washers
wheels and tyres excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar
|Q||Does an mot advisory stay an the certificate until it is fixed|
Yes normally. But the tester can only test the car as it appears on the day of the test. An intermittent fault may no show. Tyres can be swapped and swapped back later etc.
Differnet size tyres
|Q||Hi will my car pass a not with 18 rear wheels and 16 front wheels|
Yes it should pass - some cars are manufactured like this as standard.
The tyres must match on each axle only in structure, ply and aspect ratio. Front and back are not important as long as they match on each axle
|Q||for the mot can you mix symmetrical and directional on the same axle|
Tyre structures cannot be mixed on any axle. However structure refers to radial, cross-ply or bias-belted. So as long as both tyres are correct for the vehicle and the same structure Radial probably then the car will pass an MOT
Tyre tread patterns
|Q||hi can I have two diffrent tread on the one axl they are the same size but they have two diffrent tread.|
Providing the tyres are of the same size different tread patterns are passable
the rear wheels have cracks on sides and tread
The tester will assess the condition of the tyres if in his opinion that they are unsafe then he will fail the car
|Q||Hi, If there are advisory items in the previous MOT test and there are no advisory items in subsequent test, does it mean that the advisory items are taken care In other words, if the previous advisory items are not appeared in the latest MOT test, does it mean that it is taken care. Thanks Kar. |
Advisories are only what the tester thinks you should watch because they are nearing failure an example if your tyres are near the legal limit then he would make an advisory but if your mileage is greatly reduced this time he may just pass them
|Q||My paper copy of my MOT lists my breaks as Dangerous under the advisory notices. It still passed and the online version doesnt use the word dangerous. I had the breaks checked a week later whilst fitting new tyres and they came back with am amber warning. Does the online and paper copy of my MOT have to match|
The advisory means what it says which in this case the brakes are not bad enough to fail but could in the opinion of the tester do so in the near future
|Q||will my tyre pass mot that is 15 years old but never been fitted to a wheel|
It really depends on the condition it is not advisable to run on older tyres but some are not affected by age where as some are
|Q||my car passed its mot with ease but had a list of advisories. I am able to have the mot done elsewhere and if so, if the mot has no advisories after the retest, will the first mot and advisories be removed from the gov.uk database.|
The advisories are only the opinions of the person who tests the car if a tester thinks that there is about 3000 miles of wear left on the tyres and you do 2000 miles a month then he may give an advisory but if you only do 2000 miles a year he would not it is a personal assessment whether a component will need replacing or repairing in the near future different testers can come to different decisions
|Q||why has the tyre size been entered as an advisory item when my car has the correct size tyres fitted|
It usually is because of wear and the tester thinks that due to the mileage you do that the tread is nearing the failure point where it becomes unsafe and illegal
New Tyre Stickers
|Q||My car has just been failed because the two new tyres fitted yesterday still had stickers on them, is this correct|
This is the first that we have heard of a this type of failure it must be worth asking the test centre on what grounds they failed you and if not satisfied take it up with the DVSA it is not mission impossible to remove these stickers it seems a very small minded attitude
|Q||my mot has ran out can i drive the car to get the tyres before i go to the mot center|
Providing you make an appointment on the same day you will be able to drive
|Q||will I fail my mot if there are no mud flaps on rear tyres of car|
Not part of the test
|Q||My garage passed my MOT when rear seat belt was not working and I had 2 worn tyres. On top of that the model of my car is wrong on the MOT. I am wondering if the MOT was done at all. Can I get this garage investigated |
If you wish to take the matter further you can contact Driver Vehicle Standards Agency DVSA
BS5 0DA or phone 0845 600 5977
with your concerns
|Q||Car passed MOT with notification that front tyres|
almost down to legal level, worn on outside
3 weeks later went to get noise checked at another garage was told I needed a new suspension drop link and steering ball joint need replacing. Should this have been picked up at MOT
The tester checks the components at the time and although only three weeks have gone by you would need expert opinion to say whether at the time of the test the components were a failure testers give their personal opinion and there will always be a margin of error on both sides if he had failed you and there was no knock what would your view be at the time
|Q||My car had an advisory on insecure headlights but I did not get to have it repaired. It passed MOT despite that at the same main dealer. Do I still have to repair, the light is tightly fixed at the top but can be pushed slightly at the bottom. |
An advisory notice means that in the opinion of the tester that the component is likely to deteriorate but at the time of the test it was ok a good description of an advisory is that if your tyres were legal but only had enough tread for 3000 more miles before they would fail then the tester normally would give you an advisory notice
|Q||We have these thing things on our mot advisory, slight play in both front roll bar link arm bottom bushes, and slight play in o/s/f upper suspension ball joint are these failures|
No this is the tester telling you that they are within the limits for passing the test but will need attention in the near future similar to advising that your tyres just pass but will need replacing in a couple thousand miles
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