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Motors bugger (MOT time)

Discussion in 'General' started by samuelellis, 20 Apr 2004.

  1. samuelellis

    samuelellis What's a Dremel?

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    well my car failed its mot

    corroded brake pipes and a worn CV joint housing

    that and they found a paticularly nasty problem that aint on the MOT test

    there was a leak in my cooling system, only started in the last couple of days but from yesterday to today its lost at least 2ltrs of water/anti-freeze

    ah well its being worked on now, but oddly the emissions reading was one of the best he had all day

    when he was revving the nuts off my engine to test the emissions there was no smoke or owt and diesel engines usually smoke (no additives int he fuel or owt)

    so im a happy-ish bunny, gettign my car sorted but i am now totally skint

    /me puts out begging bowl

    whats the worst that your motors ahve failed on?
     
  2. Slick13

    Slick13 What's a Dremel?

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    headlight not working
     
  3. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    My car isn't old enough to have an MOT yet... :D
     
  4. samuelellis

    samuelellis What's a Dremel?

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    show off

    na im pretty damn lucky as the car was gonna do along motorway trip tomorrow

    long motorway trip and leak bad enough to loose 2ltrs of water in 24hrs is not good (i honestly didnt know as the road was wet anyway so couldent see and the temperature needed wasent going up anymore than usual)
     
  5. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia <b>OOH BABY!!!</b>

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    lucky you, we've had to pay insurance, tax and have an MOT this month, which it failed - there were 4 tiny holes in the exhaust - not a problem for another few months really, but it failed the emissions test because of it, also new brake pads all round and the one problem we knew about - a dead brake light....

    insurance - £90/mo
    tax - £165
    MOT - £272


    = £525 and thats just this month....
     
  6. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Mine failed on a front headlight bulb once. Total cost, something like 68p (plus £10 for MOT).
     
  7. cderalow

    cderalow bondage master!

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    they're that thorough of checking on your cars?


    damn.... I can't even fail my truck for anything (thankfully CT goes by age of block, not chasis like MA)
     
  8. samuelellis

    samuelellis What's a Dremel?

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    every year

    you get this lot checked http://www.rac.co.uk/carcare/advice/general_help/mot_checklist and the emissions of that engine are accceptable

    because without a valid MOT and insurance you cant get road tax and without road tax it is illegal to drive

    tbh i would perfer the MOT to be a bit more stringent
     
  9. Andy King Of All

    Andy King Of All What's a Dremel?

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    my last car failed it MOT in January on emissions

    CO2 was about 10 times over the limit. Whole exhaust and cat later took it back to re-test. Failed again and again and again. Finally on about the 4th attempt it scraped the CO2 emissions by about 0.01%
    Got no idea why it was that bad, had a new lamba sensor fitted too.

    cost me around £200 for that failure. My new car has just had its MOT so thats over for another year, paid £80 tax for 6 months.
     
  10. jetsetjimbo

    jetsetjimbo Up-up and away

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    I've started doing as much work for the MOT as possible myself as I am sick and tired or forking out x hundred pounds.

    Changed the front discs and pads on my gfs Renault 19 the other week. Only cost me £40 for the lot and I got Brembo discs as well.

    German, Swedish and Frence Carparts rock.
     
  11. samuelellis

    samuelellis What's a Dremel?

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    well im annoyed

    got the car back but they only did and charged me for the coolant system work, havent done the brakes or owt and the only time they can fit the car in is on monday, not much help when my current MOT runs out on friday, ive already had to cancel one interview

    and im supposed to be meetign a lass on saturday and needed my car for that
     
  12. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Bugger, that reminds me, need to fix the dodgy headlight contacts on mine, both sides keep going out whenever I go over a bump :hehe:
     
  13. :: Phat ::

    :: Phat :: Oooh shakalaka!

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    My spider failed on the horn, and the headlights were too low.. honestly, I can't understand why the garage wouldn't just turn the nice easy green dial at the back of the headlights unit to adjust the height.

    Passed now though, fixed both problems myself ;)
     
  14. Slick13

    Slick13 What's a Dremel?

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    Christ are you loaded or just like buying all the expensive parts and getting some ****** in a boiler suit to overcharge you???

    exhaust should have been no more than £100 and pads about £20 i would suggest you have a look around next time for a trade supplyer and buy the bits off of them and then try to get a more competitve quote or fit them yourself.
     
  15. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia <b>OOH BABY!!!</b>

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    exhaust £104
    brakes £44
    mot test itself £41
    fitting/labour £40.

    £229+vat


    the brakes were pads & shoes.
     
  16. MaxWiz

    MaxWiz What's a Dremel?

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    Not MOT but my car is in the garage because the cambelt broke :wallbash:

    If its an interference type engine it will probably cost >£1000 to fix.

    Anyone know if a 99 Renault Scenic 2litre is non interference? I'm hopping it is!

    Max
     
  17. Slick13

    Slick13 What's a Dremel?

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    man that seems expensive for all but the MOT itself.

    i'm guessing the holes were either on the midsection or the rear can itself of the exhaust.

    again though try a trade supplier next time because i could've got most of that for about £80.

    i got a set of drilled and grooved front discs and pads for my Golf GTi for £25
    canna argue with prices like that.
     
  18. kiljoi

    kiljoi I *am* a computer king.

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    I live in a real rural area out in the country, and my county doesn't do emissions checks for inspections. The guy basically says, "Ok, your lights work, you pass."
     
  19. Andy King Of All

    Andy King Of All What's a Dremel?

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    that sounds about normal

    I bought brake discs and pads for £40ish
    I paid £150 for a whole exhaust and cat
    my MOT was that price

    But i paid nowt for labour, as i know who a guy who can do all that himself. So just bought the stuff and he fitted it.
     
  20. kiljoi

    kiljoi I *am* a computer king.

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    I recently had to get some exhaust work done, got new pipes, a cat, and a glasspack for $90 at this shop here in EL Paso.
     
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