MOTs in Carrickfergus

Assessments made of car lights, mirrors and horns in Carrickfergus

In order to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, visibility should be kept at a high level.

Therefore fault wiper blades, missing wing mirrors or silent horns, can be responsible for MOT failures.

Two mirrors should be present on all vehicles to enable vehicles behind the car to be seen whilst driving.

Lights must also be operating sufficiently, with bulbs of a white or yellow light for headlights, of which colours must be matching.

Switches for the purpose of operating indicators, headlights and rear lights must have no delays and therefore react immediately.

Main beam lights must also turn on and off promptly, turning to dipped lights to prevent dazzle to approaching vehicles.

Any MOT failures can be checked by Carrickfergus garages.

Checking Carrickfergus brake systems

Brakes are an essential vehicle safety feature which is why Saab brakes are tested strictly in MOT tests.

Road brakes will slow and stop cars that are moving, whilst parking brakes or hand brakes hold the car when it is on a gradient stationary, stopped in traffic or parked up.

Tests to assess brake performance are conducted to test effectiveness of brakes, using gradient testing, plate brake tests and roller brake machines.

Brakes are inspected to check that the following aren't a problem: parts leaking, there isn't any noise caused by vibration in flexible hoses, kinks are not affecting rigid pipes, and reservoirs for vacuum, hydraulic and air brakes are secure and damage free.

Should Volkswagen brake performance be reduced on your car, you don't need to wait for your MOT test before speaking with a garage in Carrickfergus.

Testing carried out on tyres in Carrickfergus

Tyres will be checked to ensure structure and type are correct, inclusive of aspect ratio and nominal size, attempting to maintain a similar diameter so that the drive train is not affected. The type of tyre will also be scrutinised to determine whether they are bias belted, cross ply or radial ply.

Radial-ply tyres can also be either steel or fabric construction. The tyre walls should also detail their sizes, and is usually accompanied by load index, ply rating and the speed symbol.

Tyre depth has to be a minimum amount of 1.6mm continuing around the tyre and should cover the central three quarters of the rubber surface. In addition, tyres cannot have any tears or bulges or display any cords as otherwise the vehicle may not pass the MOT unless sufficient tyre replacements take place.

MOT advice can be provided by Carrickfergus garages.

Testing emissions and fuel systems in Carrickfergus

Your vehicle's fuel and exhaust systems should be checked for any cracks and to assess whether systems are running efficiently. When the exhaust system is being examined, components such as catalyst converts will be checked, to look for faulty parts or blockages or areas that could have been deteriorated as a result of corrosion which can result from salt on gritted roads.

Exhaust systems with any leaks present are unlikely to meet MOT criteria in Carrickfergus. Further to this, waste emission gases can result in MOT failure carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide levels are excessive.

Failed oxygen (lambda) sensors can be responsible for failed catalytic converters and emission failures resulting from amounts of unburnt fuel passing through the exhaust pipe.

Why you need a Carrickfergus MOT for your car

Over time, vehicle quality and repair state gets worse therefore testing parts and systems in cars is an important way of ensuring road safety. Because of this, the driver and any passengers, in addition to pedestrians and road users, are less likely to be at risk from Seat vehicles. If you do wish to get your car on the road, it must have passed MOT guidelines.

Police have access to the central MOT database so can identify cars without MOTs. A MOT only checks condition of tested features at the time when MOT testing in Carrickfergus is completed, but does not extend to the entire range of components in the car. If you're driving a vehicle without a MOT then your vehicle's insurance is invalid, but there are some exceptions to the rule.


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