Thursday, 21 March 2013

MOT Test Changes!! March 2013

MOT Test Sign
MOT Test Sign
This month (March 2013) see's some changes to the list of testable items on the MOT Test. In this article I will explain what the changes are and how you can you can check them your self, to enable you to take your car for it's MOT test well prepared.

The changes list here cover MOT Classes 4, 5 and 7. Yes that includes your car, minibus or van.

Please read the following in conjunction with this article:

So lets take a look at the MOT Test changes:

  • Headlamp levelling and cleaning devices for HID (High Intensity Discharge) and LED headlamps.
What this means is that if you have either of the above types of headlamps fitted to your car and the car is fitted with a headlamp adjuster. The adjuster must work. Same applies if a cleaning device i.e. headlamp washer jets, they must also work. 

To test this pull your car up to a wall and switch on the headlamps. Work the headlamp adjuster and check the lights on the wall move up or down. To test the cleaning device operate it and check it works.

  • Main Beam Tell-Tale.
This means that when you switch the headlamps to main or full beam, the blue warning light on the dash must come on. Here is a picture of the Main Beam Tell-Tale.

MOT Test Main Beam
Example Main Beam Tell Tale

  • Battery (Includes Batteries for Hybrid Or Electric Vehicles)
The MOT Test now covers battery security and leaks. All you need to do is check the Battery is secure and not leaking.

  • Electrical Wiring and Connectors
Check all wiring for security and insulation. Make sure wiring is not loose or chaffing, check the is no wiring likely to cause a short circuit.

  • Trailer Electrical Socket Security and Connections.
If your vehicle is fitted with a tow ball and electrical connections. Check they are secure, the electrical connections are secure and the wring is not likely to short circuit.

  • 13 Pin Trailer Electrical Connection.
Newer vehicles are fitted with a 13 Pin electrical connection for the trailer electrics. During the MOT Test this will be tested for function using a tester. You can test this by hooking up your caravan or trailer and testing the lights.

  • Function of the Steering Lock including malfunction indicator if fitted.
To test this. If your vehicle is fitted with a steering lock, take the key out of the ignition and turn the steering. Check that the steering lock comes on and that you can't turn the steering. If the car is fitted with a fault indicator for the steering lock check it isn't indicating a fault.

  • Electronic power steering malfunction indicator light.
Easiest way to test this is, check that there is no steering warning light on, on the dash when the engine is running.

  • Electronic Park Brake Control and malfunction indicator light.
If your vehicle is fitted with an electronic park brake, check that the switch works and is secure. Also check that the fault warning light is not indicating a fault.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Components, Switch and Malfunction indicator.
If your car is fitted with ESC check that the switch works and that the fault warning indicator is not indicating a fault.

  • Brake Fluid Warning Light.
The MOT Test now requires that this light is fitted and working. To test this turn the ignition on, apply the foot brake and release the park brake. Check the RED Round circle with the exclamation mark in the center goes out. Check it comes on when the park brake is applied. This is because the brake fluid warning light also acts the the park brake on light.

  • Tyre pressure Monitoring System.
If your car is fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, check the fault warning light is not indicating a fault.

  • SRS (Supplementary Restraint System) Including Air bags, Seat belt pre-tensioners, seat belt load limiters and malfunction indicator.
Check that the air bags are fitted and not deployed. Check the seatbelts have no warning flags sticking out of the clips. Check the fault indicator is not indicating a fault.

  • Engine Mountings
A bit tougher to test but, lift the bonnet and as far as possible check the engine mounts are secure and not broken.

  • Speedometer
Check that the speedometer works, and illuminates with the side lights.

  • Indirect Vision Devices (where they replace mirrors).
If your car is fitted with cameras instead of wing mirrors, check they are secure and that they work and you can see the screen.

That about covers the changes to the MOT Test, once again I highly recommend preparing your car for MOT with the following Blog:

Thank you for reading. Do you have any questions about the MOT Test? Please leave it in the Comments

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