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Ford Cortina MOT Results

82.8% pass rate
from 1,509 tests in 2020
(37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Ford Cortina is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.99% fail on Horn
      • 0.93% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.066% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamps (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (55% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators (61% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type (61% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.80% fail on Individual direction indicators (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.80% fail on Position lamps (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.066% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.53% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Rear fog lamp (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.20% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 5.8% fail on Suspension (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.53% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.73% fail on Wheel bearings (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.33% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.53% fail on Springs
      • 0.40% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.40% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.13% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.066% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.066% fail on Shackle bracket
    • 0.46% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.27% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.066% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.20% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.13% fail on Axles
      • 0.066% fail on Axle
      • 0.066% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.13% fail on Shock absorbers (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 5.5% fail on Brakes (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Brake performance (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt
          • 0.80% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.33% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.73% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.46% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.33% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.40% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.27% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.27% fail on Cable
      • 0.066% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.066% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.066% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.066% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.27% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.066% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.066% fail on Lever
    • 0.066% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.066% fail on Valves
  • 3.7% fail on Visibility (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Washers (33% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Wipers (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.99% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.066% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.066% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.99% fail on Exhaust system (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.066% fail on Tank
      • 0.066% fail on Hose
      • 0.066% fail on System
    • 0.53% fail on Chassis
      • 0.53% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.27% fail on Transmission (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.13% fail on Joints
        • 0.066% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.066% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.27% fail on Seats
      • 0.27% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.066% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.20% fail on Body
      • 0.066% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.066% fail on Panel
      • 0.066% fail on Other body component
    • 0.20% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
      • 0.066% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.066% fail on Door condition
    • 0.066% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.066% fail on Towbar
      • 0.066% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.066% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.066% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 2.5% fail on Steering (35% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.99% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.20% fail on Steering box
      • 0.066% fail on Operation
    • 1.2% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.80% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.066% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.066% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.066% fail on Other components
        • 0.066% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.27% fail on Steering play
      • 0.27% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.13% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.13% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.066% fail on Power steering
      • 0.066% fail on Other components
    • 0.066% fail on Steering column
    • 0.066% fail on Steering shaft
  • 2.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Spark ignition
        • 2.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.066% fail on Catalyst emissions
  • 1.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.27% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
  • 0.66% fail on Tyres (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.27% fail on Condition
    • 0.066% fail on Size/type
  • 0.27% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.27% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.27% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.27% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.066% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.066% fail on Attachment