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Tips On How To Pass Your Next NCT

NCT statistics for the first quarter of 2014 have just been released. They show that more than 50% of the 350,045 vehicles presented for the test in the first 3 months of the year failed.
Following the trends set over the last 2 years the main cause for failure of the NCT test was problems with the front suspension, this was followed in second place by tyre condition. In many cases the condition of the tyres was due to the suspension problems.

Problems with the front suspension often go unnoticed by the driver – in many driving conditions (such as city driving) it it is often difficult to detect tell tale signs such as the vehicle pulling to one side – and this has contributed to the high failure rate.

Suspension failure is not only dangerous in its own right – it will also effect the condition of your tyres often resulting in very uneven tread wear. If the increased tread wear is to the outside of the tyre it is easily detected and drivers can take action, however if the tyres are wearing on the inside they can often go undetected for months and will eventually result in the tyre failing completely.

Motorists should visually check their tyre wear on a regular basis – every 2-3 months is sufficient – and should have their wheel alignment checked annually. Suspension problems can be routinely identified during a free wheel alignment check and remedial action recommended.

Finally motorists are urged to take action as soon as they are aware that their tyres need replacing. Unlike many other car related problems such as engine or brake faults, replacing worn tyres is often put on the long finger – they do not stop you from using your car today – however remember they may not stop you the next time you need them.

If you are looking for advice on the NCT test tyre requirements or need advice on what the best tyres are for your car why not contact us on 01 860 20 20 or call into one of our depots to speak with one of our staff members who will be happy to help you.

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