MOT almost due? Don’t forget these recently added test items

Lutterworth MOT Centre

In March 2013 a number of items were added to the list of MOT test check points, mostly relating to electrical systems and their associated warning lights.

>> Have a look at this post from last March to see the full list.

In addition, as of February 16th, diesel vehicles will be tested for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel catalytic converter (DCAT) if they were fitted as standard on that vehicle.


Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) now part of the MOT test

From February 16th 2014, any diesel vehicle that had a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel catalytic converter (DCAT) fitted as standard will fail an MOT test if that filter has been removed.

DPFs are fitted to filter out diesel particulate from exhaust gasses. They sometimes need a ‘regeneration’ to clear them of particle build up, which involves a fairly lengthy drive, at speed, to get the filter hot for 10 to 20 minutes or more. Doing this is a normal part of the car’s regular maintenance routine – if you don’t know how to regenerate your car’s DPF, consult the car’s handbook.