Monthly Archives: March 2015

Get Set For Summer

With summer nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to make sure your car is in tip top condition following the wet and cold winter weather. All vehicles are put under immense pressure during the winter. We have the heating on full blast and the window wipers have never been so active. The extreme low temperatures play havoc on the battery causing us never ending starting issues and I’m sure some of you have had the battery replaced! Here at AE Services we recommend that all of the following: Horn, battery, fluid levels including coolant, screen wash, tyre pressure and treads, steering and engine oil, steering movement, brake pads and discs, wiper blades, engine drive belt and exhaust are inspected for signs of wear, corrosion and performance. If you are planning any long driving trips away this summer it is good practice to make sure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition so that you, your family and other road users are safe. If you feel your vehicle could do with a once over call us now to book an appointment and be sure to know that your vehicle is in safe hands with us at AE Services in Sutton. Go to for more information.


MOT Test

Vehicle Identification Number The MOT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number commonly referred to as the VIN is legibly displayed on the vehicle. Registration plate The MOT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate. Lights The MOT test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct. Steering and suspension The MOT tester will also check the Steering and Suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct. Wipers and washer bottle During the MOT test will check your vehicles Wipers and Washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road. Horn The MOT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and the type is correct. Seatbelts All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place. Seats Your vehicle’s front seats are checked for security during the MOT test. Fuel system The fuel system is checked during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. Emissions The MOT test covers your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and they the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively. Brakes The MOT tests the efficiency of the vehicle’s braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a rolling road brake tester. Bodywork Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in a MOT failure. Doors The MOT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts. Mirrors The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT test for condition and security. Wheels and tyres The nominated MOT tester will check the vehicle’s wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth. Windscreen The nominated tester will check the Windscreen condition and driver’s view of the road and that there are no chips or cracks affecting the driver line of sight.