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Car MOT Manual - 2.2 Steering System

...Rejection This inspection applies to all types of steering mechanism.If power steering is fitted, the engine must be running for all checks requiring steering movement. If ATL or OPTL approved, references to the assistants role in this section do not apply, although an NT may use an assistant to a...

Car MOT Manual - 2.1 Steering Control

..., make sure that any mechanism for adjusting the steering column is fully locked. Exert reasonable pressure only on the steering wheel, particularly when the steering column is collapsible.If power steering is fitted, the engine must be running for all checks requiring steering movement. To fully i...

MOT Training - NTTA Sample Questions

...toe inout D adjusting camber angle 12. What is steering castor A a steering joint lubricant B a front hub grease slinger C a steering geometry feature D a constant velocity joint component 13. The camber angle setting of a road wheel determines A the plane of a road wheel in relation...

Car MOT Manual - 2.3 Power Steering

...subsection applies to all types of power assisted steering systems.The inspection of all parts of steering linkage associated with the power steering mechanism is detailed in subsections 2.2B and 2.2C. Manually switched Electronic Park Assist designed to be activated when parking the vehicle is not ...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Steering Wheel MOT FailureSteering Wheel Make sure that the steering wheel is solid and free from fractures or looseness at the hub. 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 m...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.1 Steering Control

...ith the front wheel clear of the ground, turn the steering from lock to lock to check that a. there is no fouling between moving and fixed parts b. the handlebar grips do not come so close to a fixed part eg fuel tank or fairing as to impede the operation of the controls c. the control cables are no...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.2 Steering System

...Inspection Reason for rejection A modification to steering geometry is not in itself a reason for rejection. Before failing a machine for excessively stiff steering, check that any adjustable steering damper is released. The tester may at his discretion consider that a road test is necessary to esta...

Motorcycle MOT Pre Check

... of PageSTEERING The next highest fail rate is on steering, look at the test items below and if youre in any doubt as to whether they will pass, consult a qualified service engineer. With the front wheel raised off the ground the handlebar must not hit or foul the tank when the steering is fully tur...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Steering Mechanism

...vigourously. There should be no free play and the steering mechanism should be free to turn. Check that the wheels do not wobble indicating play in the wheel bearings, ball joints or suspension mountings or bushes. Repeat these tests grabbing each wheel from the top and bottom to check for any verti...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Steering & Suspension turn and check for excessive play. Play in the steering could be due to a worn steering rack, coupling or insecurity of the steering column. All would fail an MOT. While you assistant turns the wheel more vigourously examine all the joints and linkages for signs of wear or damage. Everything...


...s or projections stairs Class 5 vehicles only steering wheel tailboard tailgate trailer electrical sockets towbars excluding body around anchorage points tyre pressure monitoring system vehicle identification number VIN windscreen and glass windscreen wipers windscreen washers ...

Most common reasons for MOT failures

... 1.2 Motorcycle sidecar 0.0 0.0 0.0 Motorcycle steering and suspension 5.8 5.7 5.6 4.9 4.8 4.5 Motorcycle tyres and wheels 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.5 Cars and other passenger vehicles up to 12 seats Body and structure 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 Brakes 12.9 12.8 12.9 10.7 10.4 10.2 Drivers view of the r...

Avoiding MOT Failures

...Avoiding MOT Failures A good tip for avoiding MOT failures is to take your car to an MOT station that does not do repairs. Many councils have their own MOT test centers for council vehicles but the law says that they must be open to the public. Using a council run MOT test center means that they do...

Bike MOT Manual

..., 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 is safe t...

What does a garage look at during an MOT test?

...distortion or corrosion which is likely to affect steering or brakes Wheels and tyres wheel condition and security, tyre condition, size and type, and tread depth Brakes condition, operation and performance efficiency test,and brake controls General items condition and security of final drive, f...

Northern Ireland MOT Test

...Northern Ireland MOT TestThe Driver and Vehicle Agency DVA is the Northern Island MOT booking centre this is not the same as in Mainland Britain where you can go into any approved MOT test centre to have your vehicle MOTd in NI it is only the DVA who control the bookings at the MOT TEST Centres, you...

Locations of VIN Numbers

...ari 328 Mondial, Testarossa, 412 On lug on top of steering columnOn lug offside engine bay strut 512 BB V12 Engine comp above silencerTop of steering column, seen through windscreen 400GT and Auto Front of engine. Also stamped into top of steering column, can be seen through windscreen Fiat 126 Fro...

Information should remove the ignition key and engage the steering lock lock the car, even if you only leave it for a few minutes close the windows completely never leave children or pets in an unventilated car take all contents with you, or lock them in the boot. Remember, for all a thief knows a carrier b...

Car MOT Manual - 3.7 Brake Performance

...under the action of the service brake note if the steering wheel tends to pull or the vehicle tends to swerve 3. While the vehicle is decelerating under the action of the parking brake note if the vehicle tends to deviate excessively from a straight line. Record the appropriate results of the brake ...

Car MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres (Structure)

...and twin wheels on the rear axle, or 3 axles, one steering and one driving. However, this does not apply to vehicles with tyres having a road contact area of 300mm or wider. A. Type of Structure 1. Check the nominal size and aspect ratio. Note It cannot be assumed that there is a difference in th...

Car MOT Manual - 6.1 Vehicle Structure, Body and General Items

... correct functioning of the braking system or the steering gear. B. Body Security applies to vehicles with separate bodies only 1. Examine the following items for presence, security, fracture, distortion, excessive wear or damage a. all fixings e.g. brackets securing the body and its supporting memb...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 1

...vehicle identification number VIN power assisted 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 req...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 3

...ed driver control if applicable driver controls steering control vehicle warning lights including, antilock braking system, electronic braking system, electronic power steering, electronic stability control, electronic park brake, brake fluid warning lamp, tyre pressure monitoring system, air bag...

MOT Reminder

...xample 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 example 3 points for defective brak...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Shock Absorbers

...nting you from pushing down the car. Turn the steering wheel fully to either side will expose the shock absorbers where you check for any signs of leakage. Behind the spring will be a shiny rod that goes inside the shock absorber. Check for any fluid leakage on this rod, It should be dry and cle...

MOT Quick Check - Tyres/Wheels


MOT Quick Check - Lights

...adlight main beam warning light Electronic power steering warning light Brake fluid level warning light Seat belt pretensioner warning light ...

MOT Quick Check - Exemption List


Vehicle test procedures - Stage 4

...tre grounds. electrical wiring body condition steering system tyres road wheels and hubs suspension, wheel bearings and drive shafts shock absorbers oil leaks engine and transmission mounts transmission exhaust system including the catalytic converter mechanical brake components brake ...


...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 ...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 2

...lamp body condition doors, boot lid and bonnet steering column lock trailer tow bar and electrical connections general condition of vehicle vehicle structural integrity and construction Headlamp Alignment Testing criteria The most common type of headlamps fitted to vehicles are those known as...

Your Questions Answered

...eveal Answer 12 Q what relevance has a steering lock to do with safetyName steve Town stoke on trent Reveal Answer 13 Q If my car fails an MOT test,but the existing MOT has not expired can i still use the vehicle Name J.Fisher Town Bradford Reveal Answer 14 Q Hello, ...

Car MOT Manual - 6.3 Registration Plates & VIN Plate

...e. A threewheeled vehicle with motorcycle derived steering and suspension does not require a front number plate. 1. Check that there is a registration plate at both the front and the rear of the vehicle, and check each one for security and condition. 2. On vehicles first registered on or after 1 Jan...

Car MOT Manual - 8.3 Windscreen

...dscreen 290mm wide centred on the centre of the steering wheel. Official stickers that are not readily removable, such as vehicle licences, parking and access permits, are only a reason for rejection if they seriously restrict the drivers view. Official stickers should be taken to be any sticker t...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.3 Front Suspension & Wheel Bearings

... fixed part of the machine. 6. Check condition of steering and suspension with regard to corrosion. distortion and modifications. 1. a. a fork assembly component which is missing, loose, cracked, or excessively bent, misaligned or corroded. b. a road spring i incomplete, cracked or fractured ii worn...

Bike MOT Manual - 2.5 Wheel Alignment (Solo machine) sufficient to adversely affect the handling or steering of the machine. MOTORCYCLE MOT...

Bike MOT Manual - 3.2 Brake Systems

...d b. deteriorated, fouling or can be stretched by steering or suspension movement 4. a hose which bulges or any part of the system leaking fluid under pressure. 5. a pedal or lever that creeps under pressure 6. an excessively worn or seized master cylinder or caliper pivot....

Bike MOT Manual - 5.3 Wheel Alignment

...s assessment, see Introduction Item5. 1. With the steering in the straight ahead position, place a straight edge or cord against the outer walls of the rear tyrePlace a second straightedge or cord against the outer waifs of the side car tyre and measure between the straightedges or cord at the front...

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...

The History of the MOT

...les 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 September 1967 Annual MOT...

MOT Manual

...Car MOT Manual 2012 onwardsCar Manual Home 1. Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 2. Steering and Suspension 3. Brakes Electronic Stability Control Systems 4. Tyres and Road Wheels 5. Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 6. Body, Structure 7. Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 8. Driv...

Training Courses

...hicle 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...

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MOT Questions

My car failed its MOT on a few things, including steering system has excessive free play detected at the steering wheel and Rear break binding offside. Without looking at the car further, garage has quoted me 140 and 90 respectively. Please are can you tell me what this means and if that sounds fair

Name: VICTORIA Town:


If my car doesnt have an airbag in the steering wheel but has a passenger one and there is no light showing up while the car is running. And I dont have an airbag light come on when only my ignition is turned on. Will my car fail its mot

Name: Dan Town:

If an airbag was originally fitted in the steering wheel then the vehicle will fail the MOT if that airbag is missing or defective.

Brake Failure

Had car MOT failed on rear shock absorber having a leak and steering arm having movement on fixings at front. Had the work done. Took car for a drive same day few hours later red brake light came on dash. Brake pedal feeling really spongy, have to push pedal all way down. In the morning noticed oil stains on drive on rear wheel they changed the shock on. Theyre also possibly be some oil leak near one of the front wheels. Brake fluid reservoir is on minimum...filled up brake light gone out but brake pedal very low and spongy. Called the mechanic he said weve done no work on the brakes but to bring it in as soon as I can. Should this problem have been picked up on the MOT or has something been knockedmoved when they carried out this work Thanks for your replies

Name: George Town:

This would have a failed an MOT if the problem was occurring during the MOT test. This all sounds like something that happened during the garage work and would have therefore been after the MOT. If there is a leak in the brake system then you should not drive the vehicle and get it seen to as soon as possible. The garage may have caught a brake line during the work. If the fluid runs out NO BRAKES

Side Lights

Im getting a warning saying that side lights bulbs are faulty, but they are working fine. Would this be an mot failure

Name: Helen Town:

No as long as the side lights are working. The side light warning indicator is not part of the test.brbrIf youve got one of these warning lights then it must now work correctlybrElectronic parking brakebrElectronic stability controlbrHeadlight main beam warning lightbrElectronic power steering warning lightbrBrake fluid level warning lightbrSeat belt pretensioner warning lightbr

Steering rack gaiter split

My Ford Fiesta failed its MOT and one of the reasons was the steering rack gaiter split. I got this replaced at a local garage took it back for retest and its failed because they said its not secured properly. Apparently they secured with cable ties instead of a clip, yet the garage where I had this done admits their MOT passes it with cable ties but the other testing station doesnt. Do they make the rules up as they go along This is causing me severe stress. Please advise.

Name: Joan Town:

The MOT tester must deem the gaiters secure and not liable to leak or allow the ingress of dirt. There is obviously some opinion and judgement involved and 2 different testers can have differing opinions. I personally would have thought that cable ties Ratchet and heavy duty would be adequate to stop leakage and the ingress of dirt. This is what this part of the test is really about.

crack in windscreen

Is it an MOT failure if theres a crack in windscreen where mirror is

Name: Shaun Town:

If the area is not in the swept area of the windscreen 290mm wide centred on the centre of the steering wheel.. brSee a hrefhttpwww.ukmot.commanual8.3Windscreenhttpwww.ukmot.commanual8.3Windscreena

Steering wheel crack

My steering wheel which holds the airbag has a crack in it. Will this fail its mot

Name: James smith Town:

As long as it is not deemed dangerous i.e. sharp and liable to cause injury and the function of the airbag and steering wheel arel not be impaired. Cracks or incompleteness of the covering skin of a steering wheel or hub, are not a reason for rejection.

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

Streering wheel without an airbag

Can I replace a steering wheel without an airbag

Name: Sean Town: Peterborough kbdcx

The Manual says that an airbag fitted as original equipment must be present and not obviously defective.

No airbag fitted as standard

Ive agreed to buy a Japanese import from a dealer but the car has an aftermarket steering wheel with no airbag although the manufacturers spec details one as fitted as original equipment.brWill it pass the mot The dealer is providing a full mot as part of the deal and Im concerned that even if they pass it, it may cause me problems in the future. brThank you.

Name: Colin Heretage. Town: Worcester

The Manual says that an airbag fitted as original equipment must be present and not obviously defective. If the manufacturers did NOT install an airbag on this model as standard then you should be ok. The MOT tester will normally only test for a light on the dashboard.

Windscreen sun strip

Why are front windscreen sun strip tints a MOT failure as u can see through them and unless there is a plane landing on top off you it does noy imped drivers view it is only stopping the sun from blinding you while driving

Name: William Town: Fermanagh

A sun strip can encroach more than 10mm into the in the swept area of the windscreen 290mm wide centred on the centre of the steering wheel.brbrSee httpwww.ukmot.commanual8.3Windscreen

Power steering component 2.3.3b

What is power steering component 2.3.3b

Name: Dave Town: Stevenage

A test for any leaks or seepage in the power steering system. The vehicle will fail for a leak in the system showing that a component, joint or seal has failed

Windscreen Chip

There is a small 23mmchip on my windscreen, just below my line of sight. Is that an MOT fail

Name: John Town: Edinburgh

The windscreen will fail if the chip is within the swept area of the windscreen 290mm wide centred on the centre of the steering wheel. The damage should be smaller than a 10mm diameter circle area to fail bra hrefhttpwww.ukmot.commanual8.3WindscreenSee the MOT manual herea

Faulty MOT repair

brThen a few weeks later the airbag light came back on and I took it back , all they did was turn the light off and again it came back on , it turns out it was a bare wire behind the drivers seat which cost 2 to fix , is there anything I can do to get any reinbursment for wrong diagnosing the fault , also they never put the steering wheel on straight

Name: Alan Town: Rotherham

In this particular case we recommend you contact The Trading Standards Office they are best dealing with these situations

Steering Wheel Failure

failed mot steering wheel too small 10 on a classic mini. no damage to wheel just failed on size, is this bs from the tester

Name: alan Town: bridlington

There is nothing in the manual that states a minimum size for a steering wheel providing that there are no defects then according to the manual it should pass you can take this up with the DVSA a link is belowbrbra targetblankClick here for more informationa

MOT Repairs

had my fail sheet from test centre so left car for fixing.brafter 2 days rang me saying everything was sorted an mot passed couple one of the repairs steering pipe has started leaking again took it back and have been told i have to pay for the this so or should it be fixed for me as it was on the fail sheet and ive only had the car back 3 days

Name: steve jewkes Town: coventry

If you were charged for the repairs I would go back to the garage and tell them that this was on the list of repairs that you left them to fix and if they insist in charging you will take the matter up with the local trading standards office and also complain to the DVSA which you can do online brbra targetblankClick here for more informationa

MOT Body

6.1 1.a damagebr

Name: robert gebbie Town: irvine

The relevant manual Section 6.1 instructs the tester . With the vehicle over a pit or on a raised hoist, check the vehicle structure for any fracture, damage or corrosion, not within the prescribed areas, which is likely to affect prejudicially the correct functioning of the braking system or the steering gear the reason for rejection 1. a. Excessive displacement of the body relative to the chassis which might lead to loss of control of the vehicle when driven


Hi, brbrIve just driven my car home after having work done to pass the Mot. It failed on suspension arm having excessive play in aball joint. Is it at all possible that this could affect the power steering Im sure that the steering feels different ie not as light handling as it did when I drove into the garage this morning. brbrHopefully its ok and its just me Best reards if you can advise me here.

Name: MBa Town: Devon

There is a good article on the relationship between suspension and steering at httpswww.autohausaz.comhtmlsteeringandsuspensionsystems.html if you are not satisfied you should get a second opinion

Airbag light

My car has an aftermarket steering wheel but has no airbag light illuminating at all, even when switching the ignition on. I this a fail

Name: Dan Town: Hampshire

Advice to MOT testers from VSLA When testing SRS MIL Malfunction Indicator Light lamps we are only looking to see if the lamp indicates if there is a fault with the system. If no lamp is present or it doesnt illuminate then it cant indicate a system fault, so it cant be failed. Some vehicles may also incorporate warning messages on dash board displays these are in addition to any MIL lamps and should not be used as a reason for rejection therefore you should pass

MOT test


Name: LOU Town: BOSTON

The lack of an MOT test certificate should not effect your insurance you can fail on a bulb not working the main fact that would effect your insurance is if your car failed because the failure was due to your car not being roadworthy such as faulty steering its legal to take your car for an mot test

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