reaching the MoT station, take the vehicle for good run up the
Motorway to warm it up, about half an hour. Run the engine in second
gear for awhile to blast out and clear most of the diesel debris,
which will cause emission problems from the exhaust silencer
boxes. Most of us nurse our vehicles but these vans were built
for the young driver who drive at maximum speed on motorways.
smoke test involves taking the engine to maximum revs a number of
times. If in poor condition this could break the cam belt. This
type of test is not now used in 2009, as a computer analysis is used instead.
not generally known but the vehicle is tested to the standards when
the vehicle came out of the factory, not what is expected of todays
standard. This point is important as a lot of younger Technicians are
not aware of this, and a lot of Motorhomes are of the older variety.
test is basically visual you can do a lot for yourself to ensure the
vehicle passes the test.
the first checks one can do, before the test, would be to walk around
the vehicle. Check for sharp edges. Now is the time to repair that
cracked plastic around the mudguards. Any of these could fail
it. My test showed up a reapeater lamp on the side panel was
defective. The tester allowed me to change it while he checked other items!
look at the above, first part of this page, 'Free test covers' and
make them your checks.
the seat belt webbing looks good and it retracts into it's holder
easily. Does it buckle in correctly and holds?
out in the rain last, were the wipers smearing? Another failure.
the lights, headlights, main and dipped. How often have you seen
vehicles with only one headlamp. Don't be one of them.
the rear lights cluster. Get someone to press the brake pedal. One of
mine was not working. The Technician allowed me to take off the lamp
cover and clean the white film from around the lamp base which
stopped it making proper contact.
the rear license number plate lamp. This is often missed.
the rear fog off side lamp. If you have two it's just the off side
the indicators are they all working. Front and rear.
have repeater lamps on the side of the body make sure these are working.
the tyres all around, any tyres that have been too long on the
vehicle could have cracks. A sure failure. The tyre cracks fail more
on Motorhomes than tread wear. How are the rims, ragged rims through
pavement knocks, could fail.
the brakes. I always drag the brakes, pressing the foot brake with
one foot on the throttle, when I do my fortnightly drive during the
winter, to ensure the rust does not cause score marks and get too
deeply engrained, on the front brake discs.
the exhaust pipes and silencers. Any blowing or rust cracks could fail.
the previous pages, don't forget the gaiters on the drive shafts on
the front wheels.
there check the dual brake drive pipes to the wheels.
look at the fuel filler cap, a perished seal around the cap is a fail!
forget the spare wheel, ensure it has the correct air pressure.
at the testing station the Technician will check the vehicle details
and paper work. No VIN plate or what could be a changed plate could
mean no test.
notes; A changed plate could be stolen vehicle. Changing the filler
cap could be a good idea, as a recent report indicated that the 'Low
life' are are stealing the fuel caps, matching a key to them and then
returning to steal the vehicle!