Prepare for MOT Test
General Car maintenance
no leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The
fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
The fuel system inspection is a very important part of the
MOT test. The inspector will examine the entire fuel system for
safety and potential leak sources. The inspector will look
around the vehicles fuel tank and check for signs of advanced
corrosion or any evidence of leaks. The inspector will follow
all fuel lines along the vehicle looking for evidence of damage
and leak sources.
Any leak in the fuel system is an MOT failure. The inspection
follows the fuel system from the fuel tank right to the carburettor
or fuel injector. Any fuel leak that is found will
result in an MOT failure.
- Fuel leaks. Any fuel leak will result in
an MOT test failure. Not only does a fuel leak present a
fire risk, but it can also cause a hazard for other road
users if fuel is spilled onto the road surface.
- Incorrect fuel cap. To pass an MOT test
the fuel system must be complete with a locking fuel filler
cap. If the cap can't be locked then the vehicle will fail
the MOT test.
- Fuel tank condition. If the fuel tank is
in a bad condition this can often result in an MOT failure.
For example advanced corrosion or serious road damage may
cause the tank to be unsafe.
- Fuel pipe condition. Corroded or damaged
fuel pipes can be the cause of a failed MOT test. Advanced
corrosion can lead to fuel leaks.
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