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Car MOT Manual - 3.7 Brake Performance

...ion Method of Inspection Reason for Rejection The brake performance test must be carried out on a properly calibrated and maintained slowspeed rollerbrake tester designated as acceptable for the statutory tests, except vehicles for which a roller brake tester is not appropriate, or at premises with...

Bike MOT Manual - 3.3 Brake Performance

...lure however a tester may decide not to conduct a brake test if tyre damage is likely. When using a roller brake tester the wheel not on the rollers must be braked and chocked against the reaction force. This is especially important for lightweight machines and those with small wheels. In the case o...

Car MOT Manual - 3.6 Braking Systems and Additional Braking Devices

...system.Repairs to the pressure lines of hydraulic brake systems are unacceptable unless suitable connectors are used. Compression joints of a type using separate ferrules are not suitable. A. All Braking Systems 1. Check for leaks in any part of the braking system with and without the brakes being ...

Car MOT Manual - 3.3 Service Brake Control

...ction Reason for Rejection Vehicles with a smooth brake pedal pad which from manufacture did not incorporate grooves or the fitting of an antislip material should not be subject to rejection. The provision of a pedal rubber which is itself an antislip material is not regarded as a reason for rejecti...

Car MOT Manual - 3.1 Parking Brake Control

...tion are based on the assumption that the parking brake is a ratchet type hand lever. For vehicles with footoperated or electronic parking brakes the Method of Inspection detailed will need to be ignored or varied depending on the particular type.Vehicles certified as being designed before 1 January...

MOT Training - NTTA Sample Questions

...lic braking system vacuum servo is assisting foot brake pedal effort A listen for a change in engine speed when applying the foot brake. B measure the brake application time lag. C feel for an increase in brake pedal movement as the servo vacuum builds up after being emptied. D look for...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 3 you will be sitting beside the examiner as the brake test is carried out. There may be a slight jerk when the car wheels are placed in the brake rollers and when the brakes are applied therefore it is essential that you wear your seat belt. Interior inspection At this stage the drivers compartme...

Bike MOT Manual - 3.2 Brake Systems

...ocking the machine backwards and forward with the brake applied. Where there is doubt about the effect of an observed defect, the tester may at his discretion carry out a road test. See Introduction item 5 Fully floating brake discs are designed to have some movement. Care must be taken to not unnec...

Car MOT Manual - 3.5 Mechanical Brake Components

...ith air braking systems. 1. Check the mechanical brake components for a. chafed rods or levers b. frayed or knotted cables c. free rotation of clevis joints between cables and levers this includes cable linkages between brake pedals and remote mounted servos d. security of cables, rods and clevis ...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Braking System

...Failure Braking SystemCheck for excessive wear of brake pads. This is sometimes possible without removing the wheels but far easier with the wheels removed. Removing the Wheels Place jack under car and jack the car partially up. With the wheels still in contact with the ground remove wheel nuts. If...

MOT Manual

...ample, at some testing stations, where the roller brake tester is positioned in advance of the lift or pit, it might be more convenient to conduct the brake performance test before inspecting the underside of the vehicle on the lift or pit. This practice is permissible, but it must be noted that a ...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Handbrake

...Avoiding MOT FailureHandbrake Test the operation of the Handbrake. Make sure that you handbrake works by pulling away slowly and applying it to make sure that it slows the car. The handbrake should stop the car from rolling on a hill. Hand Brake Adjustment When you pull up the handbrake count the c...

Motorcycle MOT Pre Check

...hoses for fluid leaks, bulges crackingCheck disc brakes are securely mounted and free from cracksCheck ABS warning lights, where fittedCheck the wheel is free to rotate without brake drag in freewheelCheck that brake padsshoes are not warn beyond limitsCheck the rear brake torque arm is secure and ...

Northern Ireland MOT Test

...Mirrors Steering wheel Steering column Service brake pedal Service brake pedal operation Handbrake lever Seats and seatbelts Body work and flooring Doors and locks Wheels and spokes ABS Steering linkagegear Suspension units condition and attachment Shock absorbers Oil leaks Enginetran...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Footbrake

...Avoiding MOT Failure Footbrake Check that when you press your foot on the brake that the pedal does not travel all the way to the floor and also that it does not contine to creep down when holding your foot on the pedal. This would indicate a leak in the system and needs to be repaired, before drivi...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Steering Mechanism

...lure Reasons For Failure Council MOT Centres Handbrake Footbrake Steering Wheel WindscreenMirrors Seat Belts Doors Brakes Shock Absorbers Electrical Steering Mechanism Braking System WheelsTyres Bodywork SteeringSuspension Exhaust System Drive Shafts FuelExhaust Petrol Emissions Diesel Emissions Re...

What does a garage look at during an MOT test?

...est. Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4wheel drive will be tested either on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer or, if one is installed at the test station, a plate brake tester for motorcycles... Li...

MOT FAQ's access panels battery bonnet bootlid brake pedal antislip break glass hammer Class 5 vehicles only doors including hinges, catches and pillars door open warning device Class 5 vehicles only dropsides electrical wiring emergency exists and signs Class 5 vehicles only entran...

Car MOT Manual - 2.2 Steering System

...ock to lock. Check for a. fouling, particularly brake hoses b. brake hoses or brake pipes stretched or twisted c. presence, security and correct adjustment of lock stops if fittedNote Some vehicles have lock stops comprising rubbing pads on the body that the front tyres may contact on a full lock...

Bike MOT Manual - 3.1 Brake Controls

...tion and security of the foot pedal and handlebar brake lever and mountings. see information column 3. Operate the brake pedal and lever fully several times and look for a. security b. wear at pivots c. reserve travel d. the position of the lever or pedal in relation to the foot rest or handlebar e...

Bike MOT Manual

... However, it may be considered necessary to check brakes. steering, the effect of wheel misalignment etc by riding the machine. If the tester considers road testing is necessary to check the results of an inspection, the tester must be qualified to carry out the road test, and must be satisfied it i...

Bike MOT Manual - 1.3 Stop Lamps

... in conjunction with either the front or the rear brake, or both. On machines first used on or after 1 April 1986, the stop lamps must operate by the application of each system. On machines without a battery or with an insufficiently charged battery, it will be necessary to run the engine. 1. Apply...

Car MOT Manual - 3.2 Hand Operated Brake Control Valves

...spection applies to all vehicles with a secondary brake operating mechanism in addition to, or in place of, the normal parking brake lever. This Includes hand operated valves fitted to control spring brakes or lock actuators. 1. Examine the control for a. fractures, damage or excessive corrosion b...

Avoiding MOT Failures

...xhaust and emission checks Internal Checks 1. Handbrake 2. Footbrake 3. Steering Wheel 4. Windscreen Mirrors 5. Seat Belts 6. DoorsExternal Checks 7. Registration Plates VIN Vehicle Idenification Number 8. Electrical Equipment 9. Brakes 10. Steering Suspension 11. Shock Absorbers 12. Exhaust Syst...

Most common reasons for MOT failures

... and structure 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 Motorcycle brakes 5.8 5.9 5.8 5.3 5.1 5.2 Motorcycle drive system 1.2 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4 Motorcycle driving controls 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5 Motorcycle fuel and exhaust 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.2 Motorcycle lighting and signalling 10.8 11.5 11.8 10.8 11.0 10.8 Mo...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 1

... steering engine transmission mounts mechanical brake components hydraulic, air and vacuum brake systems fuel system brake and steering fluids general condition of the vehicle vehicle structural integrity and construction Additional mirrors required on heavy goods vehicles European Directive...

Car MOT Manual - 1.2 Stop Lamps

...are detailed at Section 9.1. 1. Apply the service brake and check that the correct number of stop lamps a. are correctly positioned and secure Note The precise position of obligatory lamps is not part of the inspection, but check visually that the lamps are at about the same height and the same dis...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.2 Steering System

...ay be necessary to use the assistant to apply the brake whilst the machine is pushed so that a proper assessment can be made by hand and eye. Check that the steering head bearings are adjusted correctly and are in good condition as follows 1. Inspect for tightness and roughness by turning the steeri...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.3 Front Suspension & Wheel Bearings

...ted with antidive front forks which lock when the brake is applied. In these cases the front wheel will need to be placed against a solid object when checking the damping. It is important to distinguish between play in the forks and that in the wheel bearings. Light rubbing contact between a fork le...

The History of the MOT

...ntroduced for vehicles over 10 years old covering brakes, lights and steering 1962 Commercial Vehicle test inaugurated Valid MOT certificate now needed in order to obtain tax disc 1965 Brake stop lamps were made compulsory in the UK All new cars must have flashing turn indicators from 1st Septemb...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 4

...tem including the catalytic converter mechanical brake components brake hydraulic, air and vacuum systems fuel system spare wheel and carrier general condition of vehicle vehicle structural integrity and construction This list of items that are checked at each stage of the inspection are not e...

MOT Reminder

...e in a dangerous condition, for example defective brakes, illegal tyres, defective steering, can land a driver with significantly higher fines and points on their licence. The maximum fines imposed are LGV 5000 PCV 5000 Other vehicles including cars 2500 3 penalty points for each offence, for ex...

MOT Quick Check - Lights

...ail. Warning lights As well as electronic parking brake and electronic stability control warning lights where fitted the MOT test will also include checks for the correct function of the following, where fitted Headlight main beam warning light Electronic power steering warning light Brake fluid ...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Brakes

...on the other side of the dividing bulkhead to the brake pedal Examine for leaks andor corroded pipes leading to the unit. Rubber pipes should not be split or show damage or wear. The fluid in the reservoir should be in between the min and max levels as indicated on the side of the reservoir. ...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Electrical Equipment

...a friend help you.Brake lights Make sure ALL your brake lights work when pedal is depressed and do not interfere with the working of indicators. A bad earth will cause unusual combinations of incorrect and dull lightingFog Lights. Check the operation and also the indicator on the instrument panel.In...

MOT Quick Check - Exemption List


MOT Quick Check - Tyres/Wheels


Your Questions Answered

...Your Questions Answered Search Questions Have a Question Ask it here Search Most popular question categories Mirrors Documents Retests Airbags Brakes Expired MOT Tyres Lights Exhausts 1 Q If my ABS light is on will the car pass the MOTName Lesley Town MK Reveal Answer 2...


...MOT PRICES FEES CLASSES Note Fees not subject to VAT Fees shown are maximum fees Age first test certificate required Years Cost Classes 1 2 Class 1 engine size up to 200cm3Motorbicycles 3 29.65 Motorbicycles with sidecar 3 37.80 Class III3 Wheeled Vehicles up to 450 Kg unladen weight 3 37.80 ...

Training Courses

...cover vehicle items included in the MOT test i.e. brakes, steering, suspension, wheels tyres, electrical systems, body and corrosion, exhaust emissions and general subjects. This assessment will take place at your local VOSA Area Office. MOT Test Cookie Policy TermsConditions...


... one side when braking, it is most likely to be a brake fault or incorrectly inflated tyres. Consult a garage or mechanic immediately continues to bounce after pushing down on the front or rear, its shock absorbers are worn. Worn shock absorbers can seriously affect the operation of a vehicle and sh...

Retest Re-Examinations

... Retest ReExaminations If the vehicle stays at the test station which failed the vehicle, to be repairedNo Additional Fee Partial Re Examination If the vehicle is brought back to the same test station and retested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only N...

Car MOT Manual - 2.3 Power Steering

...e ground, vehicle in neutral gear and the parking brake applied, run the engine and rock the steering wheel in both directions. Check a. by feel at the steering wheel, that the system is operating b. for leaks in the system 4. In the case of external power systems check a. the ram anchorages for ...

Car MOT Manual - 2.5 Front Suspension, Wheel Bearings and Drive Shafts acceptable wear at king pins. With the wheel braked, note the total amount of movement at the wheel rim when the wheel is rocked. For a 50cm wheel this should not exceed 10mm. The maximum for other wheel diameters should be in proportion to this figure. A. Suspension Joints and Wheel Bearings ...

Car MOT Manual - 3.4 Anti-Lock Braking and Electronic Stability Control Systems are an integral part of another component e.g. brake disc or drive shaft. 1. If the vehicle is fitted with an ABS andor ESC system, check that the relevant warning lamps a. is fitted b. illuminates c. does not indicate a fault d. in the case of ABS only, follows the correct sequence of operation...

Car MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres (Structure)

... not in itself a reason for rejection. However a brake test might be inadvisable, because of possible damage, or a headlight test might be affected, if the underinflation is affecting alignment. The inspection of the tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS warning lamp only applies to passenger vehic...

Bike MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres

.... However, the tester may decide not to conduct a brake test if tyre damage is likely, or a headlamp test if alignment could be affected. Advise the owner. A tyre repair may be drawn to the attention of the presenter. Examples of unsuitable tyres a. side car tyres or car tyres on a solo machine not...

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MOT Questions

Brake pads need replacing

Bought a car with full mot and six weeks later, break pads shoes and starring rod need replacing. Is that possible, to of passed and need replacing so quickly

Name: Nicola Town:

The MOT test only tests the vehicle as it is on the day of the MOT test. Brake pads must be 1.5mm thick at the time of the test but can fall below in 6 weeks.

Brake lights are tested with the ignition on

With ignition on all 3 brake lights work fine, with key out only the top middle 1 works but this is an aftermarket light fitted into a hard top on my Ford ranger pickup via a relay to main battery. Is brake lights working with ignition off part of an MOT test schedule and maybe do I not have a fault

Name: Chris Town:

Brake lights are tested with the ignition on

Exhaust leak

Would a gas analyser testemissions test on an exhaust system showfail if there was a leak on an exhaustbrbrReason my car failed its MOT on the 19th September due to a leaking flexi pipe towards the front under the handbrakegear stick....this was repaired on the 20th SeptemberbrbrBut the garage have left an MOT exhaust emisions test result receipt completed on the 19th stating overall result...PASS....brbrIf a system is leaking would it not fail an emissions testbrHave I been charged 230 for a part I didnt need

Name: Mark Town:

A small leak is no longer an MOT fail. Unless the inspector thought that the gases would dangerously enter the passenger compartment.

Worn pads but MOT pass

My car passed MOT, during the service which was conducted immediately after I was told that the front and rear discs and pads were completely gone and needed replacing. How can the vehicle have passed the MOT if the brakes were so completely worn The garage want to keep the vehicle and charge me hundreds of pounds for the repairs

Name: Angela Town:

The vehicle should have failed its MOT if a brake lining or pad was less than 1.5 mm thick at any point.

Brake light symmetry

I have red leds fitted to the back of my trike. The two OS appear 100 but both of the NS are between 25 and 60 effectivebrbrSurely only ONE bulb is needed at each side so what if 8 out of twelve dont lightbrbrDo I need to replace all four light units to have symmetry

Name: Dave Pearson Town:

The light intensity must be at a sufficient level on both sides. br1.2 Stop LampsbrReason for Rejectionbra. missing, insecure, obviously incorrectly positioned or does not face to the rearbrbr b. inoperative or less than 50 of the light sources illuminatingbrbr c. obscured so that less than 50 of the lamp illuminating surface is visible from the rearbrbr d. not visible from a reasonable distance due to excessive damage, deterioration, or having products on the lens or light sourcebrNote The precise position of obligatory lamps is not part of the inspection, but check visually that the lamps are at about the same height and the same distance from each side of the vehicle

5 year warranty with Hyundai

HibrbrMy car passed its MOT but there was an advisory that the rear brake was binding slightly. Would this be a warranty repair I have a 5 year warranty with Hyundai and how quickly should I get this looked at My MOT was with a large car dealer and to be honest I dont know if I should trust them or if they are just trying to get more cash out of me

Name: Jennifer Rocks Town:

If the brakes showed an equal and ample braking force and not deemed dangerous or too low then this is where the MOT test stops. Your warranty is nothing to do with the MOT test. You would have to contact Hyundai

adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp

Should a car fail its MOT if when the brake is applied both the brake lights and the front side lights come on

Name: Ian Dale Town:

It could do, Re section 1.2 Stop LampsbrbReason for Rejectionbbrf. adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp

Re Test at different MOT Station

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

Name: Alan Town:

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 anywaybrbrYou 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 itemsbraccess panelsbrbatterybrbonnetbrbootlidbrbrake pedal antislipbrbreak glass hammer class 5 vehicles onlybrdoors including hinges, catches and pillarsbrdoor open warning device class 5 vehicles onlybrdropsidesbrelectrical wiringbremergency exits and signs class 5 vehicles onlybrentrance door remote control class 5 vehicles onlybrentranceexit steps class 5 vehicles onlybrfuel filler capbrheadlamp cleaning or levelling devices that doesnt need a headlamp aim checkbrhornbrlamps excluding headlamp aimbrloading doorbrmain beam telltalebrmirrorsbrrear reflectorsbrregistration platesbrseatbelts but not anchorages, seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pretensionerbrseatsbrsharp edges or projectionsbrstairs class 5 vehicles onlybrsteering wheelbrtailboardbrtailgatebrtrailer electrical socketsbrtowbars excluding body around anchorage pointsbrtyre pressure monitoring systembrvehicle identification number VINbrwindscreen glass, wipers and washersbrwheels and tyres excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar

Backup brake lights

Mercedes MLs have a habit of the backup brake lights being used when the connection to the normal brake light has failed. The fog lamps are used as brake lights when this happens. Would this be a UK MOT failure when tested

Name: martin Town:

As long as you have high intensity red lights that light up when the brake pedal is depressed and extinguish when released and they do not affect the normal light I.e. siderunning lights

Roller Brake test and LSD

Should cars fitted with a LSD back axle have the handbrake tested on the rollers or by road testing with a meter

Name: David Rosser Town: Derby

Vehicles fitted with LSDs should not be Roller brake tested and would most likely try to push the vehicle out of the rollers. All authorised test stations should have a calibrated Decelerometer which can be used to test the brakes. The vehicle hand book would state how to perform the brake test.

Brake test for a motorcycle

How is the brake test carried out for a motorcycle

Name: N Cosgrove Town: Magherafelt

On the rollers just like a car if this is possible. Or a plate test if this is deemed impossible Low clearance etc. See a hrefhttpwww.ukmot.combike33.asphttpwww.ukmot.combike33.aspa

Brake light stays on

failed mot because brake light stays on when lights are on.was told its an electrical problem. I have a Peugeot 206 , is this right thanks.

Name: jimmy Town: london

Of course its right Brake lights must only illuminate when the brakes are applied or how will the car behind you be able to tell if you are braking or not.

My airbag light is coming on

My airbag light is coming on when the car is moving but remains off when it is stationary. Is this likely to fail an MOT

Name: Charlie Town: Glasgow

The car is tested while stationary except to put the car on the rollers for the brake test. If the tester noticed the light then the car will fail.

Broken lens

my back light casing has broken but the lights are in full working order. It is very expensive to repair and my MOT is due in a couple of weeks, will my car fail its MOT if i use lens repair tape for the time being until i can get a replacemnt

Name: kelly Town: nottingham

As long as the light is not obscured, there are no sharp edges and all lights are of the correct colour i.e. brake lights must show a red light. No chinks of white light and the light must be as bright as with an unbroken lens. If you cannot satisfy these conditions then you will need a new lens.

Worn brake pads

my car failed last week on 2 bulbs and front pads, which were less than 1.5, just got the jobs done and the garage had kept the old pads as they were absolutely fine, more than half the pad still fine, and come to think of it they were fitted only a year ago, anyway, just went to mot station but no one there for retest so back on Monday, I asked the chap on the desk about the pad issue and he said thats the way things go sometimes what are my rights here, as ive paid out 92 for nothing, I have kept the old pads as proof, any advise please, cheers mike

Name: mike Town: edenbridge

HI MikebrThe pads would have been tested for efficiency as well as thickness. They could have failed because of a contaminant causing uneven braking. Also you said that half the pads where ok uneven wear would also fail if any part was below 1.5mm. If the pads where still ok then why did the garage still change them If you are unhappy with an mot test then you can always complain

Hand break light not working

hand break light not working

Name: paul Town: reading

Not part of the MOT test. Dashbaord indiocator lights are tested for other things but not the handbrake

Seat Adjustment

Ive just had my car CLK 320 2002 model serviced with advisories repaired all brakes new discs and pads, Coil Spring and Fuel Filter but it failed the MOT because the drivers power seat position cannot be adjusted switch no longer works, but it is at exactly the correct setting for myself, the ONLY driver of this vehicle. Apparently the drivers seat must be able to be adjusted for safety reasons yet the seat is perfectly set for myself so what is this safety reasons all about No one else drives this car Which Civil ServantMPEurocrat came up with this ruling

Name: Pete M Town: Chelmsford

It is part of the test that the drivers seat must be adjustable forwards and backwards. The MOT test certificate is for the CAR, unotu YOU, therefore if you where to sell the car with an MOT on it and the next person could not use the seat, this would be unfair.

mot advisory brake hub

What does it mean on mot advisory brake hub

Name: Kathleen Town: Liverpool

It means that there is something wrong with your brake hub but its not bad enough to fail the MOT but will be by the next MOT test. Probably your brake shoes are low

Movement in brake caliper

with force i can push the brake caliper hub etc all connected forward and backward. ie front to rear of car. in theory this should be solid with no movement.... i suspect the bushes on the wishbone at faut.... taken to 2 different garages but they stated everything is ok am i correct

Name: mart Town: stoke on trent

The brakes are only tested for safety and their ability to stop the car efficiently and evenly.The suspension is checked less nowadays until it becomes dangerous. If 2 garages have said that its ok then I would assume that it was ok. Suspension movement is essential for road holding but without seeing it, it is hard to assess

Brake binding

Nearside Rear rear brake binding 3.7.B.1

Name: Chris Town: hull

Not really sure that this is a question. If the brake is not functioning then the car will fail. If it is 25 different to its opposite brake then it will fail. If you are looking for reasons for this then it could be a build of rustdebris stopping the smooth movement of the brake piston. It might be best to replace the brake calliper assembly.
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