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Just been reading at work that as from 1st January 2012 the car towing electrics will be tested as part of the MOT test. Any lights not working will result in a failure of the test. We have a tester turned up today with 13 pin and 7 pin adapter to test both types of plugs during the test.

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I will check with my local agent!

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check out section 1. 9 in this mot inspection manual from 1st Jan 2012

 

http://www. dft. gov. u. ..on%20Manual. pdf

Thanks for the link. I could not find by a quick look and a word search, any reference to checking the towbar electrics? Can anyone point this out to me?

Seems that my detachable ball can be fitted or not which seems odd.

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Section 1. 9 says "Some tow bar electrical sockets are ‘hidden’ behind an access panel in the bumper or bodywork. Unless requiring the use of tools or specialist equipment, these panels must be removed to facilitate the inspection of the towbar socket.

If a tow ball or pin is not fitted at the time of test, e. g. because it is detachable, has been unbolted or otherwise removed, but the attachment brackets are still in place, any trailer electrical socket should still be assessed.

This does not apply if the attachment brackets have been deliberately rendered unfit for further use."

 

Method of Inspection:

Check the condition and security of all visible electrical wiring.

On vehicles fitted with a towbar, check the condition and security of the trailer electrical socket.

Note: This check applies to both 7 pin (12N) and 13 pin electrical sockets.

On vehicles fitted with a trailer 13 pin Euro-socket, use an approved device to check that the socket is wired to correctly operate the trailer:

Position lamps

Stop lamps

Direction indicators

Rear fog lamp

 

Reason for rejection:

Electrical wiring:

a.

insecure or inadequately supported so that it is likely to become damaged

b.

damaged or deteriorated to the extent that it is likely to cause a short circuit or become detached

c.

insulation damaged or deteriorated to the extent that bare wiring or connectors are exposed.

3.

A trailer electrical socket:

a.

insecure

b.

damaged or deteriorated to the extent that the connecting lead could not be securely connected.

A trailer 13 pin Euro-socket not operating the trailer lamps as intended.

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Just been reading at work that as from 1st January 2012 the car towing electrics will be tested as part of the MOT test. Any lights not working will result in a failure of the test. We have a tester turned up today with 13 pin and 7 pin adapter to test both types of plugs during the test.

 

Seems like a good idea to me, I'm only surprised it wasn't included before.

 

Oh and going by your name I'm guessing your ex "Grey Funnel Line"?

;-)

 

 

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My fog light burnt out the pin on my 12N connector so I rewired it to the spare pin 5 on the 12S - how will I stand at next years MOT?

 

I would be buying and fitting a new 12N connector rather than wait to be presented with a failure certificate. If you're capable of deliberately wiring it up 'wrong' why not fix it properly in the first place??

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Section 1. 9 says "Some tow bar electrical sockets are ‘hidden’ behind an access panel in the bumper or bodywork. Unless requiring the use of tools or specialist equipment, these panels must be removed to facilitate the inspection of the towbar socket.

If a tow ball or pin is not fitted at the time of test, e. g. because it is detachable, has been unbolted or otherwise removed, but the attachment brackets are still in place, any trailer electrical socket should still be assessed.

This does not apply if the attachment brackets have been deliberately rendered unfit for further use."

 

Method of Inspection:

Check the condition and security of all visible electrical wiring.

On vehicles fitted with a towbar, check the condition and security of the trailer electrical socket.

Note: This check applies to both 7 pin (12N) and 13 pin electrical sockets.

On vehicles fitted with a trailer 13 pin Euro-socket, use an approved device to check that the socket is wired to correctly operate the trailer:

Position lamps

Stop lamps

Direction indicators

Rear fog lamp

 

Reason for rejection:

Electrical wiring:

a.

insecure or inadequately supported so that it is likely to become damaged

b.

damaged or deteriorated to the extent that it is likely to cause a short circuit or become detached

c.

insulation damaged or deteriorated to the extent that bare wiring or connectors are exposed.

3.

A trailer electrical socket:

a.

insecure

b.

damaged or deteriorated to the extent that the connecting lead could not be securely connected.

A trailer 13 pin Euro-socket not operating the trailer lamps as intended.

Unless I haven' t read this properly it would appear that a function test only applies to the 13 pin Euro-socket.

The 7pin 12(N) looks like it's a visual cable check only? :wacko:

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Unless I haven' t read this properly it would appear that a function test only applies to the 13 pin Euro-socket.

The 7pin 12(N) looks like it's a visual cable check only? :wacko:

 

It does read that way . sure they will amend it when the time comes who knows ??

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OK springtime I missed that reference to 13 pin Euro-socket checking. Who pays these beurocrats to produce such unbalanced rules, i. e. no electrical check on 7 pins, and you can leave off your balls if you wish! Oh, I just thought, I pay them!

 

I actually think that it is good idea tocheck towballs.

 

I notice in 6. 6

  1. Check the presence and security of:

 

a. retaining devices e. g. nuts & bolts

 

b. locking devices e. g. split pins, ‘R’ pins.

 

My nearside bolts can not be got at without removing the exhaust.

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I would be buying and fitting a new 12N connector rather than wait to be presented with a failure certificate. If you're capable of deliberately wiring it up 'wrong' why not fix it properly in the first place??

 

I believed that a while back there was a thread about people deliberately wiring caravan and car sockets incorrectly as an anti theft device.

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My fog light burnt out the pin on my 12N connector so I rewired it to the spare pin 5 on the 12S - how will I stand at next years MOT?

 

 

You are not affected. Only 13 pin sockets are subject to an electrical test where the correct pins must be in use.

 

From the manual:

 

On vehicles fitted with a towbar, check the condition and security of the trailer electrical socket.

Note: This check applies to both 7 pin (12N) and 13 pin electrical sockets.

 

Electrical wiring: - insecure or inadequately supported so that it is likely to become damaged

damaged or deteriorated to the extent that it is likely to cause a short circuit or become detached

insulation damaged or deteriorated to the extent that bare wiring or connectors are exposed.

 

Trailer electrical socket: - insecure - damaged or deteriorated to the extent that the connecting lead could not be securely connected.

 

On vehicles fitted with a trailer 13 pin Euro-socket, use an approved device to check that the socket is wired to correctly operate the trailer Position lamps - Stop lamps - Direction indicators - Rear fog lamp

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My fog light burnt out the pin on my 12N connector so I rewired it to the spare pin 5 on the 12S - how will I stand at next years MOT?

 

 

I would be buying and fitting a new 12N connector rather than wait to be presented with a failure certificate. If you're capable of deliberately wiring it up 'wrong' why not fix it properly in the first place??

 

 

You are not affected. Only 13 pin sockets are subject to an electrical test where the correct pins must be in use.

 

From the manual:

 

On vehicles fitted with a towbar, check the condition and security of the trailer electrical socket.

Note: This check applies to both 7 pin (12N) and 13 pin electrical sockets.

 

 

 

If the sockets and their condition are inspected correctly I would argue that you may still get an MOT fail if the connections are burnt out.

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One day these rules and regs will be written in such a way that there is no room for ambiguity!

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So far added towbar last year, I think, now towing electrics next is bound to be the caravan/trailer. Probably a good idea but it smacks of more and more European bureaucracy and interference but on what grounds can we logically disagree.

 

Brian

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So far added towbar last year, I think, now towing electrics next is bound to be the caravan/trailer. Probably a good idea but it smacks of more and more European bureaucracy and interference but on what grounds can we logically disagree.

 

Brian

 

Leave the EU, might be the only answer, we won WW11, but now loosing to the very people we fought to keep off our shores :rolleyes:, a lot of sacrificed lives for nothing :(

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Don't forget that its not just the European's that come up with this lot . .. we also have a voice in Europe . ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but it does appear to be very meek . ....

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A small amount of research would indicate that the original concept was to standardise the checking of articulated vehicles and their trailers across europe, but the translations/wording of the draft regulations became "towing vehicle" and so the lowly car got dragged in.

 

One of the problems of drafting legislation in a myriad of languages.

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So far added towbar last year, I think, now towing electrics next is bound to be the caravan/trailer. Probably a good idea but it smacks of more and more European bureaucracy and interference but on what grounds can we logically disagree. Brian

 

This change in the MOT will cover the caravan /trailer in some respect as if the car is wired correct the caravan will be correspondingly wired correct to suit and any light failures are cover as usual by the police .

 

Dave

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Dave

 

What I was getting at, a bit cynically, was that we will probably have to get the whole van MOT'd next, which may or may not be a bad thing after reading some other members horror stories of damp vans.

 

I realise the test of electrics is only for 13 pin sockets which are only specified for newer vans and factory fit for new cars so may not affect older vans

 

Brian

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Dave

 

What I was getting at, a bit cynically, was that we will probably have to get the whole van MOT'd next, which may or may not be a bad thing after reading some other members horror stories of damp vans.

 

I realise the test of electrics is only for 13 pin sockets which are only specified for newer vans and factory fit for new cars so may not affect older vans

 

Brian

 

MOT for caravans might not be that far away as originally the serial numbers to trailers was introduced in anticipation for a MOT system which has never been introduced as of now but as we are governed more by Brussels and EU laws its only time before a registration and MOT system is introduced for caravans like some European coutries already . IMO seems not right that they have MOTs on their caravans but we can tow a caravan on their roads which could be untested and unroad worthy .

 

 

Dave

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