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Ford Escort MOT Results

77.7% pass rate
from 8,703 tests in 2017
(23% 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 Escort is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Rear lamps (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front lamps (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.21% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
      • 0.034% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.023% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.023% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 2.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Direction indicators (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Flashing type (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.60% fail on All direction indicators (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Side repeaters (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.080% fail on Switch
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp (34% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Battery
    • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp (40% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Switch
      • 0.11% fail on Tell tale (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Horn (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Hazard warning (47% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Lamp (54% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
      • 0.10% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.092% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Brake performance (28% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Front wheels (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Rear wheels (19% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.080% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.8% fail on Hydraulic systems (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Components
        • 1.4% fail on Pipes
        • 0.78% fail on Hoses (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Valves
        • 0.069% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.057% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.046% fail on Servos
        • 0.011% fail on Pump
      • 0.41% fail on Leaks
      • 0.21% fail on Operation
      • 0.057% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 0.46% fail on Parking brake (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Condition (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Hub components (61% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.10% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.080% fail on Brake pads (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.22% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.21% fail on ABS (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake control components (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Condition
        • 0.034% fail on Anti-slip (83% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
      • 0.023% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
      • 0.023% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
    • 0.14% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.092% fail on Cable
      • 0.023% fail on Linkage
      • 0.011% fail on Rod
      • 0.011% fail on Clevis joint
    • 0.057% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.023% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.023% fail on Components
        • 0.023% fail on Servos
    • 0.011% fail on Electronic stability system
  • 8.1% fail on Suspension (16% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.3% fail on Component mounting (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Subframe mounting (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.99% fail on Front
      • 0.94% fail on Rear (43% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.057% fail on Condition
    • 1.3% fail on Drive shafts
      • 1.3% fail on Front drive shafts (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Constant velocity joints (43% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Front suspension joints (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.23% fail on Condition
      • 0.22% fail on Location (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Shock absorbers (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Condition (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Anti-roll bars (53% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.080% fail on Attachment
      • 0.057% fail on Condition
      • 0.034% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (87% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.13% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.092% fail on Pins and bushes
        • 0.057% fail on Shackle
        • 0.023% fail on Anchor
        • 0.011% fail on Other pins and bushes
      • 0.011% fail on Anchor bracket
      • 0.011% fail on Spring saddle
      • 0.011% fail on Securing bolts
    • 0.10% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.092% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.069% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.034% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.034% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.034% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment
      • 0.011% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.034% fail on Sub-frames (87% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Attachment
    • 0.011% fail on General condition
  • 4.9% fail on Driver's view of the road (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Washers (28% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers (33% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.11% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.080% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (20% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Emissions
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Fuel system (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pipe
      • 0.23% fail on Cap
      • 0.21% fail on System (55% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Tank
      • 0.069% fail on Hose
    • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 2.9% fail on Steering (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Steering system (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.90% fail on Track rod end (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Free play
        • 0.22% fail on Steering rack (88% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.011% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.31% fail on Steering control
      • 0.14% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.069% fail on Flexible coupling
        • 0.069% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.13% fail on Steering column
      • 0.034% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.011% fail on Steering shaft
    • 0.21% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.080% fail on Steering operation (60% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 2.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Body condition
    • 0.78% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.78% fail on Chassis
    • 0.70% fail on Seats
      • 0.56% fail on Drivers
      • 0.24% fail on Passengers
    • 0.21% fail on Doors (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.069% fail on Passengers front (75% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Drivers (89% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.046% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.034% fail on Body security
    • 0.023% fail on Load security
      • 0.011% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.011% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.023% fail on Spare wheel
  • 2.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.38% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
      • 0.092% fail on Requirements
      • 0.023% fail on Installation check
        • 0.011% fail on Anchorage's
        • 0.011% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 1.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.72% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
    • 0.011% fail on Valve stem
  • 0.55% fail on Registration plates and VIN (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.023% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.36% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment
    • 0.011% fail on Condition