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Different profiles on front/rear - MOT failure?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Gaijin, 6 May 2006.

  1. Gaijin


    Joined: 18 Feb 2003

    Posts: 8,567

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    Quick one this lads as my MOT has crept up on me. I need my front tyres replacing and many people have stuck 195/50/15's on my car instead of the stock 195/55/15 as the tyres are cheaper. I only need the front two done as the FWD has trashed them. So obviously if i get the front two replaced, they will be on 50 sidewall and the rear will be on 55. So the question:

    If the sidewall height on the front is different to the rear, will it fail the MOT?

    Answers ASAP as i need to get it booked! Preferably from those in the know. VOSA site simply states that the "tyre size/type and tread depth" are checked so isn't particulalry specific on requirements. Someone with the MOT guidelines would be bonza!

    I need some exhaust work done before the MOT too and as such am on a shoestring, otherwise I would just bite it and buy it.

    Thanks chaps.

    EDIT: Just found THIS site for anyone interested but wont be able to go through it until i get back from work - as a result your input is still very much appreciated.
    Last edited: 6 May 2006
  2. IainB

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,952

    Location: Northamptonshire

    Will be OK as long as the profile is the same passenger / driver side
  3. Ev0


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,939

    I was told yes when I had the spare on my old car, which was a diff tyre size, so I think it could be. Not 100% sure tho :/

    *edit* don't think it matters if they are on a diff axle, didn't read first post properly :)
  4. stoofer


    Joined: 8 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,722

    Location: Isle of Wight

    spare tyres can NOT EVER fail an MOT. I knew Id get to say this again sometime soon. :D

    IainB is right, they need to be the same size on the same axle, but not all round.

    and I edit to read the previous post again properly... yeah a wrong size wheel (eg a space saver or whatever) is only valid as a 'get me home' wheel and should be replaced at the first opportunity.
  5. Ev0


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,939

    lol yeah it's when I had a blowout the guy said that I needed to get a new tyre asap as the spare used a diff size. This was odd, he obv assumed as I had alloys they'd be different but the spare turned out to be the same size, silly tyre man :) I didn't mean while it's sat in the boot :)