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Series Land Rovers and the New 2012 MoT Test Part 2

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As mentioned in last month's homepage, the MoT in Great Britain is undergoing changes this year and some of the new items on the test program have already been implemented. Others will follow soon. There are a lot of additions to the new testing program but only some of them will be relevent to classic vehicles such as Series Land Rovers. Some of the new additions were the focus of last months homepage. Some of the items included in the new MoT are now tested more rigorously and others are completely new to the testing program. So, whilst last year your Series Land Rover may have passed without any problem, this year there are a few extra items you need to check before submitting it for MoT examination.

It is important to note that an MoT certificate only certifies that the vehicle was able to satisfy the minimum safety and environmental requirements of the law. No dismantling of the Land Rover was done to determine this, and it does not mean that the Land Rover is roadworthy for the whole period that the MoT certificate is valid. Note that the general condition of the engine, gearbox and clutch are still outside the scope of the MoT test.

The following are the remaining additional items that you need to inspect prior to submitting your Land Rover for MoT inspection.

Series IIA dashboard
Speedometer
Now becomes a testable item , but with no road test as part of the MoT its accuracy cannot be determined. The glass must not be damaged or dirty enough for readings to be made. There should be no obvious faults that would prevent it from functioning and the illumination must work.

Series IIA wiring
Wiring
A visual inspection of wiring will be made. There should be no bare wire or wire damaged sufficiently that it might cause a short circuit. Wiring should be secured to prevent its contact with any moving part, including closing of doors. So if you've added any electrical accessory to the rear door make sure the job is done correctly. Wiring should not be contaminated with brake/clutch fluid or oil which could cause breakdown of the insulation.

steering balljoint
Steering
Steering locks fitted to Series III Land Rovers must work correctly and safely. Rubber boots within the steering system must be present, securely fitted and not damaged such that they could allow water and dirt to enter.

Main beam warning
Main beam warning
This is now a testable item and must function correctly.

7-pin tow socket
Towing socket
If one is fitted it must be secure. It can be tested even if no towbar is present since one can easily be fitted to the existing holes for one in the standard Series Land Rover cross-member. Whatever wiring is visible on a 7-pin or 13-pin socket must pass a visible check. 13-pin sockets can be electrically tested for functionality of sidelights, brake lights, indicators and rear foglamp.

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