MOTs in Hereford

Fuelling and emissions testing in Hereford

Car fuel and exhaust systems need to be checked to ensure there are no leaks and to assess whether systems are running efficiently.

When the exhaust system is being checked, assemblies such as flanges will be examined, to look for any parts that might be missing or parts that could have deteriorated which can result from salt on gritted roads.

Exhausts with silencers that create unusually high noise levels are highly possible to fail a MOT in Hereford.

In addition to this, the amount of exhaust fumes can result in a failed MOT test if levels of lambda, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide are excessive.

Faulty oxygen sensors will be responsible for emission failures and catalytic converter damage because of unburnt fuel content passing through the exhaust pipe.

Hereford checks made on brakes

Brakes are the most significant vehicle safety feature, which is why MOTs test Volvo brakes so strictly. Service, road or foot brakes are used to slow moving vehicles down, whereas handbrakes and parking brakes on the rear wheels hold vehicles when it is on a gradient stationary, stopped in traffic or parked up. Brake performance assessments are carried out to see how effective brakes are, using plate brake tests, roller brake tests and gradient tests.

Examinations of brakes are done to make sure there are no leaks from parts, no vibrations from hoses or pipes, rigid pipes are not kinked or being fouled by other components, and reservoirs for vacuum, hydraulic and air brakes are securely attached and free from damage that could cause leaks. If your Audi car brake performance is compromised, don't leave it until your next MOT before consulting with Hereford garages.

Hereford car visibility, lighting and mirror checks

In order to ensure vehicles are safe to drive, visibility should be kept at a high level. Therefore fault wiper blades, cracked or broken wing mirrors or silent horns, can mean that your vehicle fails its test. Vehicles must have at least two mirrors to ensure that the driver is aware of vehicles behind them.

Lights should also be clear and distinguishable, with headlights requiring white or yellow bulbs, making sure that colours are matching. Switches to operate indicators, headlights and rear lights must be present and react immediately. Main beam lights must also operate correctly, turning to dipped lights to prevent dazzle to approaching vehicles.

Garages in Hereford can complete testing and repairs on your Skoda vehicle.

Why Hereford vehicle MOTs are important

The state of repair of vehicles worsens over time so system and component testing is a method of increasing safety on the roads.

As a result, the person driving the car, as well as other road occupants, are less likely to present a hazard as a vehicle.

If you do wish to get your car on the road, it must have passed a MOT test.

An entire MOT database can be accessed by the police so can identify cars without MOTs.

A MOT only checks condition of tested features at the time where MOT testing in Hereford is being done, but does not extend to the entire range of components in the car.

If your vehicle has not passed its MOT but you are still driving you are liable to a fixed penalty notice or court fine unless under circumstances exceptional to the rule.

Checks made on wheels and tyres in Hereford

Tyres will be checked to ensure structure and type are correct, inclusive of aspect ratio and nominal size, thus making sure that the gearing of the drive train is not affected.

The type of tyre structure will also be looked at to assess whether they are radial-ply, bias belted or cross ply.

Radial-ply tyres can also be either steel or fabric construction.

The tyre wall also has to display the tyre size information, also tending to feature the ply rating, speed symbol and load index.

Tyre depth has to be a minimum amount of 1.6mm continuing around the tyre and covering the central three quarters of the tyre surface.

In addition, tyres should be free from any damage or bulges or expose any cords as otherwise there is a possibility that it will not pass the MOT test unless replacement tyres are fitted.

Hereford garages can provide advice about vehicle MOTing.


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