MoT garages: “It’s your fault, but it’s not to late to take action”

It's a confusing time to be a consumer. The government, the media and every reliable financial indicator tell us that we are up to our necks in an unprecedented global economic crisis. And to make matters worse, they say it's us that we are all at fault! The root cause of our current financial mess …

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From start to finish… How to apply for, and achieve an MoT Bay

The MOT bay is a method that, by thorough examination, a vehicle can be checked to see that it met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law at the time of the inspection. The bay consists of a number of items of equipment that allow the inspection of the various parts …

Fool-proof wheel alignment and chain tension check for motorcycles…

Our wheel alignment product suite has been improved by the addition of a revolutionary laser alignment system for motorcycles.  To make the measurement, all data is taken from the swinging arm pivot (the main fulcrum of the machine) which ensures that both wheels are aligned to the common datum. This laser alignment system should be …

Configuration of two-post vehicle lifts

Two-post vehicle lifts typically comprise two upright columns - a master or powered column plus an auxiliary or slave. Some columns are connected by a structural overhead beam, which helps keep the columns rigid under load (not to be confused with light-weight cable trays, which do not). Various configurations are available: Originally, most lifts had …

A common sense approach to the safe operation of two-post lifts

1) Position the vehicle carefully, taking account of its type (front-wheel drive, van etc), any additional load carried and the configuration of the lift (see here). Failure to do so may place the centre of gravity of the vehicle away from the columns giving an uneven weight distribution. 2) The horizontal and vertical position of …

Brake Testing on Quarry / Construction Equipment

The Health and Safety Executive issued the following guidance for the daily measurement of brake efficiency / capability on plant vehicle on a regular basis... Brake testing should be carried out on level ground. The area may be marked out with poles to give a daily check. These should be backed up with regular tests …

Pits Vs Lifts for MoT Test Bays…

For many years there was a common understanding emerging that lifts were the recognised way for garage operators to carry out vehicle maintenance and inspection. However, over the last ten years or so there has been a growing understanding that pits have a lot to offer... The factors that need to be considered include: Economic …

Wheel Alignment. The basics explained…

Wheel Alignment should be checked whenever new tyres or suspension components are installed, when the vehicle has encountered a major road hazard or curb and any time unusual tyre wear patterns appear. Wheel Alignment is the Measurement of complex suspension angles and the adjustment of a variety of suspension components. It is a suspension-tuning tool …

Weighing up the benefits of replacement brake testers for mot stations… You decide.

It’s been a long serving and reliable part of your mot test bay, but when it’s time to replace your brake tester on what criteria do you select the replacement product? In some circumstances historical preference may come into play but starting from a clean sheet of paper which is the truly best product on …