I'm trying to do more of my own servicing for my car, following the suggested service schedule in the appropriate Haynes manual. However, I've noticed some of the suggested checks in the Haynes manual seem to duplicate checks that are done as part of the UK MOT test. Is there any reason to do those checks myself if the MOT is going to check them anyway?
The specific checks I've spotted that seem to be duplicates are:
- "Check the condition of the exhaust system and its mountings" (Seems to be covered by §6.1.2 of the MOT manual)
- Haynes "Check the brake hydraulic circuit for leaks and damage" (Seems to be covered by §1.1.10 of the MOT manual)
- "Check the front and rear brake pad thickness" (seems to be covered by §1.1.13–14 of the MOT manual)
- "Check all underbonnet components and hoses for fluid and oil leaks" (seems to be covered all over the MOT manual by various checks for leaks)
- "Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters" (seems to be covered by §6.1.7 of the MOT manual)
- "Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security" (seems to be covered by various parts of §5 of the MOT manual)
I'm keen to check and service anything that warrants being checked and serviced, but I'm also keen to not do checks myself if I'm going to have to pay for an MOT garage to do it for me too. And I've not had enough experience with car maintenance myself to be confident whether the Haynes manual's suggested service tasks are actually duplicates of things covered by the MOT.
In case it's relevant, the vehicle is a '07 diesel Volkswagen Touran 1.9 TDI.
Edit: To be clear, all the checks I'm talking about here are ones that the manuals recommend only doing once every year or every two years anyway. I'm not trying to ask how often I should do these checks, only if there's something about the checks in the Haynes manual recommended checks that aren't covered by the MOT.