A list of things you can easy check before putting your car in for MOT. This applys to all cars not just AX's
Test operation of handbrake, adjust as necessary
Test brake pedal, make sure it doesn't slowly go to the floor. Check pedal is secure. Check the operation of the servo unit.
Check steering wheel for solidity, check it is tight on the column, check for wear in the column too
Check windscreen for cracks and chips and check rear view mirror is present and working.
Drivers sun visor must be functional if fitted
Check seatbelts and seats are secure and functional
Check all doors open and close from inside and outside.
Check number plates for legality and condition
Check the vin plate is easily visible
Check the horn works
Check wipers and washers
Check operation of brake lights
Check operation of sidelights and number plate lights, and that lenses are clear
Check operation and alignment of headlights, lenses must be undamaged
Turn on ignition and check indicators and hazards work
Check operation of rear foglight
Check that ABS light functions correctly if abs is fitted
Check the disks and pads are not excessively worn
Check all rigid brake pipes for corrosion.
Check the brake callipers/wheel cylinders are not leaking fluid
Check operation of each brake by spinning wheel then pressing pedal, make sure none are binding
Examine handbrake cables and mechanism for condition
Test brake efficiency
Examine MC, servo and piping for loose mounting, corrosion or damage
Check security of fluid reservoir and that it is between max and min
Check there is clearance from brake hoses lock to lock
Check for free play in steering gear
Check for wear in joints
Check vehicle is level
Check dampers are functioning correctly and not leaking
Check the system for leaks
With the car raised on ramp
Check from lock to lock to see that the wheels clear the brake pipes and bodywork.
Check the condition of steering rack gaiters and check all clips are present.
Check for stiffness and binding
Check for rust within 30cm of any steering component attatchment point
Check for play in the suspension front and rear
Spin the wheels to check they move freely,
If there is play, pinpoint it
Check the strut for leaking, corrosion or damage. Check security of mounting points too.
Check condition and fitting of springs
Check condition of drive shafts and gaiters
Check fuel tank and all fuel system components are free from leaks and rust and are securely attatched
Check exhaust system fully for damage, broken or missing mounts, security of clamps and rust/corrosion
Check side walls and tread on each tyre for damage
Check bead is seated correctly on rim
Check valve is seated properly and working
Check the wheels are not distorted or damaged
Check the tyre size is correct for vehicle and check pressure
Check tread depth - limit is 1.6mm over at least 3/4 of tread width
Check the whole structure for corrosion in load bearing areas, any that has reduced the thickness of the metal at the load bearing area will fail
Damage or corrosion which causes sharp/dangerous edges to be exposed will fail too