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  75 Point pre MOT checklist

If the 15 point checklist didn't quite do it for you, here's 75 things to tick off if you don't fancy leaving anything to chance!

  1. Tyres are above 1.6mm depth in a continuous band across the centre ¾ of the tyres width
  2. Inflate tyres to the correct pressure
  3. Rubber is not badly perished
  4. Deep cuts to sidewalls
  5. Bulges in the tyre wall
  6. Front tyres are the same size
  7. Rear tyres are the same size
  8. Wheels are not badly damaged, cracked or distorted
  9. No wheel nuts missing
  10. Wheels secured to vehicle with no free play
  11. Windscreen chips above 10mm in drivers line of sight (roughly width of steering wheel)
  12. Windscreen chips above 40mm in the area swept by the wipers
  13. Scratching to the glass that limits the drivers view of the road
  14. Wipers clear the screen effectively for entire length
  15. Rubber not split or perished

  16. Wipers securely attached to arm
  17. Washer jets work
  18. Headlights main beam
  19. Headlights dipped beam
  20. Sidelights front
  21. Sidelights rear
  22. Indicators: front
  23. Indicators: rear
  24. Indicators: side repeaters
  25. Brake lights
  26. Number plate lights (rear only)
  27. Reverse light (not part of MOT but worth checking)
  28. Rear fog light
  29. Rear fog light ‘tell-tale’ operational (indication on the dash or switch that the rear fog is on)
  30. Hazard circuit (check separately from indicators)
  31. Check bulbs shine the correct colour (coloured coating can peel with age)
  32. Light fittings are secure
  33. Light fittings are not badly cracked or damaged
  34. Headlights produce sufficient light (i.e. plastic not clouded or reflective material deteriorated)
  35. Light systems do not interfere with each other (i.e. when you operate the indicators the brake lights don’t start flashing)
  36. Two rear reflectors fitted either side of the car must operate as intended
  37. Steering must move freely from lock to lock
  38. Steering wheel is in good condition
  39. Steering wheel securely attached to steering column
  40. Power steering must be operational if fitted
  41. Fuel cap locks securely
  42. Fuel cap rubber seal not split or perished
  43. Exhaust securely mounted
  44. No blows (holes) in the exhaust
  45. Horn operational
  46. Horn loud enough to attract attention
  47. Horn control easily reached by the driver
  48. Horn tone uniform (i.e. not musical air horn with varied tone)
  49. Mirrors and glass secure

  50. Glass not cracked or smashed and limiting drivers view
  51. Body free of protrusions that could cause injury
  52. No excessive corrosion
  53. Front doors work from inside and out
  54. Rear doors need to work if other parts of the test cannot be completed without their operation. (i.e. rear belts)
  55. Boot closes and latches securely
  56. Bonnet closes and latches securely
  57. ABS warning lamp goes out after ignition sequence
  58. Pedal rubbers give good control of pedals
  59. Handbrake holds car sufficiently
  60. Footbrake does not go all the way to the floor
  61. Brake pipes are free from corrosion
  62. No brake fluid leaks including brake servo & master cylinder
  63. Number plates secured & not cracked
  64. Number plates not faded or hidden by dirt
  65. Standard numbers and letters with standard spacing
  66. Seatbelts latch and fasten securely
  67. Seat belts in good condition (not split or frayed)
  68. Seat belts retract into reel
  69. Seats secured down properly
  70. Seats back will stay securely in an upright position
  71. Emissions – If the car has only been used for running around town, take it for a long run to clear away the sooty deposits that can build up in the engine
  72. VIN (Vehicle registration number) present & secure to the car body
  73. VIN not dirty, faded or obscured
  74. VIN has legible & uniform letter / number spacing
  75. Make sure you have enough fuel in the tank to make it through the test!



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