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One for the MOT Testers???
Just wondering if any of you guys who are more up-to-date than me on MOT testing requirements could pass comment on the info below please – I think I know the answers but would be good to check.
The story is my mum is currently linking of a new car to replace her 13 year old Civic and has been looking around, including flagging an interest in the new Jazz at the local Honda dealership.Anyhow, over the last few weeks her front brakes have been squeeling and getting steadily worse so the other day despite me taking a look and suggesting she get some replacement pads fitted by a small local garage she took it into the Honda dealer to be looked at.
Anyhow she now has some new brake pads fitted at a fairly steep price but has also been given a Vehicle Health Check that lists a few items, some of which the dealer intimated were potential MOT failures, so she’s now panicking as to whether she should press on with getting a new car bought as her MOT is due at the end of February.
My view is that the Honda dealer is simply trying to upsell work that isn’t realistic on a 12 year old car, or even necessary to pass the MOT and that they are trying to force her hand on a new Jazz.
I’d therefore be grateful on any comments on the list they gave her below:
· Rear wiper split – not tested on the MOT as far as I know.
· A/C Condensor falling apart – not tested on the MOT as far as I know and she’s not bothered about the A/C having done without for a few years.
· Both shocker bump stops separated – not a reason for rejection as far as I know
· Slight play in O/S/F track rod end – not a reason for rejection as far as I know as the MOT wording states excessive play or clearly needing replacement
· O/S/F disc guard falling apart would require bearing – Possibly an MOT fail depending upon how bad as the wording suggests rejection if a brake back plate is loose, missing or excessively deteriorated.
I’m therefore of the opinion that only the last point could be a reason for an MOT failure and probably needs to be sorted.However, I’d expect this could be fixed in the usual way by unbolting the existing one and re-fixing it with a couple of big washers as opposed to the dealers suggestion…or could they just be removed altogether – do they have to be in place?