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MOT Heywood, MOT Test Centre Heywood, Summit Service Station Heywood

The MOT Test

Here at Summit Service Station in Heywood we are an approved MOT Test Centre offering MOT preparation and MOT testing at affordable prices.

When to Test

You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old (or 1 year old in some cases). You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. The earliest date you can get your vehicle tested is printed on the pass certificate.

Components to be Inspected

An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. It isn't the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn't check its general mechanical condition.

MOT Test Heywood, Van MOT Heywood, MOT Testing for Vans at Summit Service Station Heywood

As with all vehicles once your van or commercial vehicle is three years old from the date of manufacture it will require an annual MOT test.

The point of the MOT test is to make sure your vehicle is safe and road-worthy to prevent you or any other road users being in danger. The MOT and service is particularly vital for vans and commercial vehicles as they are likely to experience more wear and tear than a regular domestic car and can get damaged.

It is always recommended to have your van fully serviced shortly before having an MOT as this will pick up on anything that needs to be fixed. Otherwise your van will fail its MOT and will not be road-worthy until all of the work has been completed and it has been re-tested.

An MOT test on a regular vehicle will take around 45 minutes to one hour; however this may be a little longer for vans and commercial vehicles depending on the size of the van.

The van MOT test itself includes all manner of safety checks and mechanical checks to make sure your van is safe to drive; this includes testing all seatbelts in the cabs and any seats you may have in the storage area of the van as well as headlights; wipers etc.

In terms of mechanical checks the MOT test will involve the engine being thoroughly inspected for any wear and tear or damage; oil levels and brake fluid levels will be checked as well.

MOT Heywood, Motorcycle MOT Heywood, Motorbike MOT Heywood

Below you will find a detailed description of what is involved in the UK MOT test for motorcycles and motorbikes.

Having a good knowledge of the MOT test procedures will help you prepare your motorcycle for its MOT test.

a) Sitting on machine check:

  1. All controls, switches and horn
  2. Front suspension, forks, handlebars and head bearings

b) At the front of the machine check:

  1. Front lights and indicators
  2. Front brake master cylinder (if fitted)

c) Place the machine on its stand and raise front wheel check:

  1. Steering, front forks and head bearings
  2. Front brake and wheel bearings
  3. Wheel and tyre condition

d) Lower front wheel and go to right side of vehicle and check:

  1. Frame, VIN, seat and foot rest
  2. Exhaust system
  3. Final drive (if fitted to RHS of machine)
  4. Rear wheel, tyre and brake

e) Raise the rear wheel and check:

  1. Rear wheel, rear brake/components and tyre condition
  2. Rear suspension and final drive

f) At the rear check:

  1. Rear position lamp(s)/stop lamp(s)/reflectors and indicators
  2. Rear suspension
  3. Registration Plate

g) On the left of the machine check:

  1. Frame and foot rest
  2. Exhaust system
  3. Final drive (if fitted to LHS of machine)
  4. Rear wheel, tyre and brake

h) At the front of the machine check:

  1. Wheel alignment
  2. Headlamp aim
  3. Brake performance

If a sidecar is fitted it will also be examined in a manner specified by VOSA with respect to Security, Suspension, Wheel Bearings and Wheel Alignment.

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