Will Tyres That Are Damaged Fail An MOT?

There are many things that go unnoticed which can be cause for an MOT failure. The condition of your tyres is often a factor. Let’s discover what problems might result in a failed test. This knowledge should help you anticipate any problems and get new tyres fitted before your next MOT comes around.

Cracked Tyres

Tyres can suffer cracks as a result of changing weather conditions, under or over-inflation or the rubber degrading over time. Rubber is a strong and sturdy material, but it can become compromised. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check the material regularly. Small cracks may seem harmless, but without monitoring, they could become bigger and a lot more dangerous. Cracks can also allow rot to set in, which results in further damage to the tyre over time.

Any crack is a sign that the material is beginning to deteriorate. While you can get away with a small crack for some time, keep in mind that a replacement will be needed sooner rather than later. They will only get worse over time, so don’t allow any cracks to reach a dangerous stage.

If any cracks take up over 10% of the width, they are considered to be illegal. In this case, you’ll need to seek out replacement tyres straight away.


Shallow Tread Depth

Over time, the tread depth will become shallower. This is because the friction between the tyre and the road will eventually wear away at the surface. An illegal tread depth is dangerous because it results in poor adhesion to the road. This can lead to accidents, particularly in poor weather conditions where a bald tyre is likely to slip.

To check your tread depth, simply place a 20p coin into the grooves. If the outer border of the coin is visible, you need to replace the tyres. Remember to check several of the grooves to ensure you don’t miss any parts that might not meet the limit.

Space Saver Tyres

If your car is fitted with a space saver tyre at its MOT appointment, it will fail. You should only really use a space saver to transport your car to the garage for a new tyre fitting.

For Tyre Fitting, Choose Easy Car Care

Looking after your car should be simple. Therefore, we offer comprehensive vehicle services of all kinds at Easy Car Care. If you need new tyres fitted, simply give us a call to book your appointment today.