STEER­ING, AXLE & RUN­NING GEAR CHANGES

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Mot Changes -

The in­for­ma­tion from the DFT states: “Al­ter­ation of the type and or method of sus­pen­sion or steer­ing con­sti­tutes a sub­stan­tial change.” While this ap­pears to be bad news for gain­ing MOT ex­emp­tion, we have also found that “in re­spect of axles and run­ning gear changes made to im­prove ef­fi­ciency, safety or en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance”, they are ac­cept­able. So if the brakes have been up­rated on a car that’s old enough for MOT ex­emp­tion, this seems to be OK – as does adding a servo, for ex­am­ple. The same ap­plies to sus­pen­sion up­grades, although could low­er­ing a ve­hi­cle re­ally be re­garded as an im­prove­ment in ef­fi­ciency, safety or en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance? Chang­ing the diff ra­tio in the back axle of a Capri for one that makes the car more eco­nom­i­cal and re­duces en­gine revs at mo­tor­way speeds could be re­garded as ac­cept­able.

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