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Right then guys.

I bought a 620TI with a head problem which i have now resolved by putting a recon head on but i was wondering if there are any common probs with TI'2 when it come to mot time?

i have checked all the standard things such as tyres wipers lights brakes but is there any where else i should be looking at tommorrow night before i take it on saturday morning?

cheers mike

p.s if it passes on saturday it will be treated to a nice bath and some glory pictures for you guys to see!:chav:
 

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Right then guys.

I bought a 620TI with a head problem which i have now resolved by putting a recon head on but i was wondering if there are any common probs with TI'2 when it come to mot time?

i have checked all the standard things such as tyres wipers lights brakes but is there any where else i should be looking at tommorrow night before i take it on saturday morning?

cheers mike

p.s if it passes on saturday it will be treated to a nice bath and some glory pictures for you guys to see!:chav:
Check the brake hoses! and of course the lovely handbrake!
 

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Check the brake hoses! and of course the lovely handbrake!
Well i have changed all the flexi hoses when i chagned the pads. so the only ones i could have a problem with are the solid pipes but we will soon see.

i was just curious to see if there was any common probs i could check.
 

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Yup, handbrake is the main one. Most of the other stuff is usually ok.
Agreed .... the self adjusters on the rear calipers seize up usually through neglect ( they need an occasional clean-up regrease sliders wind back pistons service ~ not a lot of work and new pads help here ) and that can mean bad balance or inefficiency on the rear brakes.

Simply 'adjusting' the nut on the handbrake end can make matters worse!
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mot

The MOT is effectively the examination of a motor vehicle's safety-related systems components to ensure that they have not worn to an excessive level which would otherwise render the vehicle unsafe for use on the road.
It is possible for items to pass the MOT inspection and yet still be regarded as past their service life at a routine service.

Fortunately garages which do have a current MOT Testing permit and the necessary specialised training will not judge normal wear of a component as being an MOT 'failure', whereas a less experienced servicing mechanic would not appreciate the distinction.
By utilising the services of an MOT Testing Centre you are likely to save time and money and reduce the risk of Appeals to the Vehicle Inspectorate where you car may have been failed on the wrong grounds.

If your vehicle fails its MOT it may qualify for a FREE re-test. Click here to find out what qualifies a FREE retest
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BRAKES

Inside the car
Anti-lock braking system (if fitted) Warning lamp is checked for:
Function.
Sequence of operation. Footbrake
Reserve travel on the footbrake so that it does not go down to the floor
Pedal rubber not worn to excess
Correct operation of the servo assistance system.

Reserve brake
This could be a handbrake or a footbrake.
Checked for reserve travel so that it does not reach the stops on application.
The mountings will be checked for security and /or corrosion.

Under bonnet checks
Master cylinder and servo unit are checked for fluid leaks with the engine on and the brakes applied.
Servo unit will be checked to ensure it is operating correctly.
Visible metal or flexible brake pipes will be checked for corrosion, condition, breakages or leaks.

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Under Vehicle checks
With an assistant applying load to the
footbrake:
Flexible brake pipes and any other metal brake pipes visible beneath the car are checked
Disks and drums checked for condition and contamination
Brake back plates and calliper securing
devices are checked for condition and security
Condition of the brake pads will be checked if visible
An assistant operates the handbrake while the condition of the linkages and/or
cables is checked.
On some vehicles there will be a brake compensating valve beneath the car which will need to be inspected for fluid leaks

Brake performance check
The performance of the front and rear brakes will be checked for efficiency and balance using specialised equipment.

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DOORS

Both front doors must be capable of being opened from the inside and outside and all doors must latch securely.
Tailgates, bootlids etc.
All these items, including the tailboards and dropsides of trucks must be capable of being secured in the closed position.
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EMISSIONS
These are checked using specialised equipment, the details of the check depending on the year that the vehicle was first used on the road. Excessive smoking is a reason for failure. Diesel emissions are checked by using a smoke meter.
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FUEL SYSTEM

Any fuel leak will result in a fail. Checked under the bonnet and throughout the run of the fuel line from the fuel tank to the engine.
The fuel filler cap must fasten securely
The seal in the cap must not be torn, deteriorated or missing
No other defect should be present which could cause fuel to leak out.

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HORN

Operation.
Control should be easily reached by the driver.
Volume must be sufficiently audible to pedestrians and other vehicles.
The tone should not consist of a sequential multi-tone.
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LIGHTS
All required lights are checked for:
Operation.
Condition.
Security.

Side lights and headlamps:
Acceptable make/model.
Dip and aim must be within specified perameters Stop lights, indicators and hazard lights*
Acceptable make/model
Lights,indicators and hazard lights must not interfere with each other whilst in operation.
Indicators, stop lights and hazard warning lights function. Rear fog lamps**
Must be fitted to the centre or offside of the vehicle.
Tell-tale must work.
Must not be affected by other lamps and not be obscured.
Must be red.

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Number plate lamps
All original lamps must be fitted and working.
Rear reflectors
There must be two reflectors fitted reasonably symmetrically, securely attached and not obscured.
* Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1986, but if fitted, must be tested.
** Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1980.
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MIRRORS

Not all mirrors on all vehicles are subject to Test, depending on the age of the vehicle. Those mirrors which must be checked must be:
Secure
Visible from the drivers seat
Not distorted or damaged so as to seriously impair the drivers view to the rear.


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REGISTRATION PLATES AND VIN* (Vehicle Identification Number)

For registered vehicles the plate must be:

Present
Secure
Not faded, dirty or obscured
Be composed with correctly formed letters and spacing


The VIN number must be
Permanently displayed
Consistent · Legible.

* Required on all vehicles first used on or after 1st August 1980.

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SEAT BELTS

Most vehicles after 1965 must have seat belts, irrespective of that requirement, all seat belts fitted to any vehicle must be inspected for:
Security of seat belt mountings and locking stalks
Security and operation of the locking/release mechanism
Condition of webbing
Retraction of the belt (it is permissable to manually feed it in).

Notes:


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For technical reasons the inertia locking mechanism is not checked.
2 On some vehicles the belt is attached to the seat, in which case the security of the seat to the vehicle would also constitute part of the seat belt check.

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SEATS

The driver's and the front passenger's seats must be secure
All seat backs must be securable in the upright position.

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STEERING

Inside the car checks
Steering wheel and steering column:
Steering wheel condition
The steering wheel must be securely attached to the steering shaft
The upper bearings of the steering
column are inspected for wear
The steering shaft is checked for excessive end float
Clamping bolts security
The split pins and locking nuts
The 'free play' in the steering
Flexible couplings and universal joints.

Under the bonnet checks
Vary according to the vehicle;
Some of these items cannot be observed from under the bonnet on some makes and models. However in all cases checks
will be made for:
The security of the steering rack or steering box and its mountings
Any discernible play in the steering joints
Swivel joints which form part of the steering system which can be readily inspected from under the bonnet will obviously be inspected.


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Whilst the vehicle stands on special Swivel plates the wheels are turned from lock to lock and checked to ensure that wheels and tyres do not foul of either the structure of the vehicle or any brake pipes or hoses.
Wheel bearings are checked.
Steering rack gaiters/front outer constant velocity joint boots are examined.
Metal and rubber bushes are checked as

Under vehicle checks
All the steering joints.
Power steering systems.
Security of attachment of the steering rack or steering box is checked both with respect to tightness of the nuts and bolts, and structural cracking or corrosion of the vehicle chassis where it is attached.
Also, split pins/locking nuts and other locking or retaining devices relate to steering components. Some cars have an element of rear wheel steering which is checked from beneath the car. The front suspension is checked, but also the rear for:
Excessive wear to Wheel bearings.
Condition of front drive shafts/CV joints.

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SUSPENSION

Under bonnet checks
Upper suspension joints
Any other suspension components which
can be inspected from beneath the bonnet

Under vehicle checks
Both the front and rear suspension are checked to ensure.
No split pins or nuts missing, no components broken or bent
Road springs function effectively, no excessive wear
Suspension joints function effectively, no excessive wear
Shock absorbers must not leak and must be secure (the vehicle will be 'bounced' by the Tester to check that they damp the springs adequately).

Suspension is checked for wear by the assistant applying loads in various ways with the wheels jacked up whilst the Tester observes the result from beneath the vehicle.
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TYRES/WHEELS

Tyre condition
A failure with respect to tyre wear will result where:-
The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising:
Central 3/4 of the breadth of tread
Entire outer circumference of the tyre.

Tyres must be correctly matched with regard to:
Type
Size
Structure
Location on the vehicle with respect to the axles.

Also examined:
General condition of tyre
Condition of valve

Tyres fail if they have serious cuts, bulges or other damage. The wear on the tyre is checked with a tyre tread depth gauge to ensure compliance. The tyres are examined to ensure that there is no fouling with any part of the vehicle.
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Note:
The condition of the spare tyre is not part of the MOT.

Wheel condition
Inspection to reveal:
Damage
Distortion
Cracks
Distorted bead rims
How securely attached to the vehicle
No wheel-nuts or studs missing

An externally fitted spare wheel or spare wheel carrier must not be so insecure that it is likely to fall off.
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VEHICLE STRUCTURE


Body condition and security
The vehicle body must not insecure or displaced so as to constitute a risk of loss of control of the vehicle when driven, or a danger to other road users.
There must be no dangerous sharp edges or projections caused by corrosion
or damage
Corrosion
A vehicle can fail with respect to corrosion for:
Excessive corrosion in a 'prescribed area' - within 30 cms of certain components, e.g. brakes, steering, suspension, seat belt mountings etc.
Excessive corrosion in a 'prescribed area', but which is likely to adversely affect the vehicle's brakes or steering.

Note
'Excessive corrosion' can mean a hole or a significantly weakened structure.

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WINDSCREEN

The inspection has to ascertain all items affecting the driver's view of the road: the condition of the windscreen, the wipers and washers.
 

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Seats Removed

One Of My Cars, An Estate, Has Had The Rear Seats Removed To Make It Function Like A Van. Does It Have To Have The Seats And Belts Refitted For Its Mot?
 
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