The long, dark days of winter are coming to an end and the flowers are starting to bloom. Yes, spring is here at last.
To celebrate, here’s another selection of the terrible MOT fails Britain’s MOT testers have found.
Some of them are truly shocking and really show why the work they do is so important.
Have you ever seen brake discs and pads in this condition?
It’s a wonder how the owner didn’t notice that the brakes weren’t working properly. They were so bad there would have been little or no braking capacity whatsoever, which could have caused a crash.
Luckily, thanks to the hard work of the MOT tester who found it, this car was taken off the road before any damage was done.
Rock bottom result
This bottom arm on a Morris 1000 had been ‘restored’ by a customer who then decided their car needed an MOT.
Nick’s garage failed it on an amazing 26 points, including this one! That’s a lot of failures for one vehicle, and means there was no way it should have been on the road.
Whoever had been fixing it clearly didn’t know what they were doing. Time to take it to an expert to fix it!
Matthew sent us this picture of a tyre on a 2009 Mondeo sent to his garage for test. With nearly no tread on this 8-year-old tyre, it’s surprising it could grip the road at all in the rain or wet! And he tells us the others weren’t much better!
The law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. Manufacturers often mould tread bars on tyres to help judge the depth.
You should make sure your tyres are safe and legal before you bring your car in for MOT. Not only will it make your vehicle more safe, it’ll save you the cost and wasted time of a failed MOT.
What a cracker!
Sam from a garage in Northampton sent us this photo of a 2005 Suzuki Alto. When it was being inspected with its front wheels jacked up, the hub assembly and damper fell apart due to being totally corroded away.
This shows the need for regular servicing and maintenance on your car.
A big thank you
Of course, the majority of motorists do a great job of looking after their vehicles and don’t send them to the garage in the state these ones were.
A big thank you to this group of MOT testers for sending in your stories. If you’ve tested a downright dangerous rust bucket or outrageous vehicle failure, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org along with:
- some large and clear photos of the defect
- a brief description of what you found and what could have happened if the issues not been sorted out
We’ll include the very worst ones in our next MOT horror stories blog post.