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Ford Escort MOT Results

81.5% pass rate
from 8,175 tests in 2020
(33% 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.

  • 8.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (34% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim (16% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp (23% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Individual direction indicators (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Electrical equipment (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Horn (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.061% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Switch
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.98% fail on Position lamps (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Position lamp (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 0.098% fail on Hazard warning (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Switch (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.037% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.037% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (87% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 5.9% fail on Suspension (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.5% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.34% fail on Pins and bushes (40% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint dust cover (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.049% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.56% fail on Springs
      • 0.34% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.28% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.061% fail on Mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.073% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.049% fail on Shackle pins and bushes
        • 0.012% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.012% fail on Shackle bracket
    • 0.34% fail on Shock absorbers (49% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Anti-roll bars (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.073% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.049% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.037% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.012% fail on Linkage
    • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.037% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.012% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.049% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.037% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.037% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.024% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.024% fail on Sub-frames (95% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (92% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 5.4% fail on Brakes (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Brake performance (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (19% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (40% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (40% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.51% fail on Service brake imbalance (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (55% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (88% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Parking brake performance (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Rbt (49% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.51% fail on Parking brake performance (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.098% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (71% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.024% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.98% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.28% fail on Mechanical brake components (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake discs and drums (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.086% fail on Brake discs (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.086% fail on Cable
        • 0.012% fail on Rod
        • 0.012% fail on Clevis joint
      • 0.073% fail on Brake linings and pads (83% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.073% fail on Brake pads (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (68% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Hand lever (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Flexible brake hoses (54% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.061% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic systems (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Servos
      • 0.037% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.024% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.073% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.037% fail on Electronic stability control (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Prescribed areas (72% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
        • 0.012% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Other components
    • 0.061% fail on Parking brake control (84% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Lever (84% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.037% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.024% fail on Servos
      • 0.012% fail on Leaks
  • 4.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Transmission (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.78% fail on Joints
      • 0.049% fail on Prop shafts (83% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.037% fail on Joints (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.76% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.28% fail on Pipe
      • 0.21% fail on Hose
      • 0.18% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.073% fail on System
      • 0.061% fail on Tank
    • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Chassis (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Chassis condition (44% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.51% fail on Seats
      • 0.31% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.28% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.23% fail on Floor
    • 0.17% fail on Body
      • 0.086% fail on Other body component
      • 0.061% fail on Panel
      • 0.012% fail on Body condition
      • 0.012% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.12% fail on Doors (76% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.061% fail on Door condition
      • 0.049% fail on Front passenger's door (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Door condition (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition
    • 0.073% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.061% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.061% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.037% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.012% fail on Bracket
    • 0.012% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.012% fail on Carrier
    • 0.012% fail on Load security
      • 0.012% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.012% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.012% fail on Cabs
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.7% fail on Visibility (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Washers (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wipers (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on View to rear
      • 0.12% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.073% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.073% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.073% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.037% fail on Bonnet (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 3.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (23% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Spark ignition (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.23% fail on Catalyst emissions
      • 0.061% fail on Compression ignition (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
        • 0.012% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.012% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.012% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.012% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.35% fail on Fluid leaks (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Engine oil leaks (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.012% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.012% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.9% fail on Steering (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Steering gear (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.049% fail on Operation
    • 0.84% fail on Steering linkage components (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Track rod end (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint (92% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Other components
        • 0.024% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.012% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.16% fail on Steering play
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.086% fail on Steering column
    • 0.049% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.037% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.012% fail on Flexible coupling
    • 0.037% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (25% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Seat belts (25% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.15% fail on Condition (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Requirements
      • 0.049% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Pre-tensioners
  • 1.2% fail on Tyres (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Condition
    • 0.50% fail on Tread depth (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Size/type
  • 0.44% fail on Identification of the vehicle (34% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.18% fail on Attachment
  • 0.073% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.073% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.024% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.024% fail on Anchorages