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How to help you car pass its MOT under new stricter rules

Got a dashboard light on? Then we have bad news for you

Whether your car is only five years old or if it’s 25 year old, the thought of the yearly MOT can be a daunting one.

Will it pass? If it doesn’t, how much will it cost me to fix it? What if I’m left without transport?

And with new stricter rules, these feelings of dread are heightened even more.

Drivers now need to be aware of the changes made to the MOT testing process in order to get the desired stamp of approval.

There are three new categories of MOT issues: “minor”, “major” and “dangerous” – the last two meaning automatic failure.

These will be applied to all cars in order for them to meet the European Union Roadworthiness Package, Gloucestershire Live reports.

Dashboard monitoring is also set to get stricter as any lit warning light will result in failure of the test.

With this in mind product development manager Richard Hitchman from Holt Lloyd International shares his advice on how to keep your dashboard in the dark.

Here are his top tips:

If you’re a high mileage motorist, it is important to keep an eye on the warning light for AdBlue. AdBlue, also known as diesel exhaust fluid, is required in most diesel vehicles that have been registered since September 2015.

Injected in small amounts into the car’s exhaust, it breaks down harmful nitrogen oxide emissions into harmless nitrogen and water vapour.

t’s recommended that AdBlue is topped up at least once between servicing. Keeping a bottle of Redex AdBlue in the boot will allow you to top up as soon as the light comes on.

Screenwash
You can fail your MOT if the washers do not provide enough liquid to clear the windscreen in conjunction with the windscreen wipers.

The new guidelines might mean a failure if your car isn’t topped up with enough screen wash.

Overheating
Overheating is one of the most common causes of a damaged engine, so it is important to take action when your temperature warning light comes on.

Give the engine a break and seek further action if the light remains lit.

 

Particulates
Any diesel car with a DPF (diesel particulate filter) that emits visible smoke of any colour will failed with a major fault.

DPFs that have been visibly tampered with will be refused by testers, unless the driver can prove it has been done for a legitimate reason such as cleaning.

DPF warning lights indicate when the diesel particulate filter has naturally filled with soot.

The brake system warning light indicates that there is a problem with the brake hydraulic system.

If the light comes on whilst driving, then brake fluid may be low.

Changing your brake fluid every two years is an essential part of car maintenance; as brake fluid ages it can absorb water from its surroundings, which heats up when you break, turning to vapour and leaving you with soft pedals and reduced braking power.

Source:

Nottingham Post

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