So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby Fredjohn » Thu 17.08.2017, 11:05

MOT passed with just 2 advisories:

Slight crack in body, in middle where it would hit a speed bump and a slight oil leak

Emissions scraped through at 3.468%!!!!

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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby HJ2 » Thu 17.08.2017, 11:28

Congratulations!

My S2 surfed through MOT as well last week. No advisories (obviously :D )
However emissions go up every year a little...

What could this be... EGR valve failing? Vacuum line failing?
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby theelanman » Thu 17.08.2017, 13:04

carbon deposits and lack of use......lol
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby theelanman » Thu 17.08.2017, 13:06

http://www.enginecarbonclean.com/

supposed to be very good altho Ive not done it myself......

also......how are your injectors?.......
how old is the fuel?.....
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby HJ2 » Thu 17.08.2017, 13:13

Hey... It's me :lol:

- Always fresh Fuel (Shell V-Power or better)
- New injectors last year
- No carbon build up when I did the head gasket a couple of years ago :-D

It's running rich...
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby dapinky » Tue 22.08.2017, 18:08

Well, today was the day that I found out that VOSA were doing spot-checks at my testing station of choice......

.... it became apparent when I arrived to be met by a bloke whose first words were "Pinky, you old git - are you still driving sheds.... that number plate doesn't look good".

Luckilly, he allowed me to re-attach my other plates before observing the actual test (the proper spaced ones with rear reflectors attached).

This all meant that the test actually took the prescribed length of time, and resulted in a failure ticket being issued for 'Insufficient washer fluid'....

.... topped it up and a "Pass" was recorded with advisories for handbrake reserve travel and slight corrosion on one steel brake line.

So, I got a ticket, but with minor advisories that I shall address tomorrow. Ian was a bit pissed off that he had to fail it for a pint of water - but at least it was technically the correct decision, so I can't complain at that. Chris (my former colleague from VOSA) was happy that the tests were being done correctly and we all agreed (off the record) that the only result of today was a waste of paper for the extra certificate that had to be generated. But they did think it was funny to see my face when told that it had failed :lol:

Still, another year of motoring now available :burnout:
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby Rambo » Tue 22.08.2017, 19:05

Great, another years motoring Dave :burnout:

But I find that decision on insufficient wiper fluid hard to comprehend, unless your reservoir in the boot was completely dry ?? Presumably they tried the wash/wipe routine and it worked so my feelings on that is that it would pass :?

The MOT are a bunch of jumped up a----seholes and seem to be extremely picky these days. Watch out, they'll be failing you next year on the oil level not being filled to the max level of your ashtray being half full. Or maybe your A post seals not keeping the water out

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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby dapinky » Tue 22.08.2017, 19:33

According to the manual for testers, they only have to see if there is sufficient water coming out of the washer jets (which there wasn't - just a dribble, really) - annoying, because when I was on my way to the test I cleaned the windscreen - using the last of the water!..... they don't have to offer to top it up. So, technically, the failure was correct.

I'm also 100% sure that if he wasn't being observed by Chris from VOSA that it wouldn't have ever been an issue - still, all's well that ends well.
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby Rambo » Tue 22.08.2017, 19:40

I am 110% sure that if the VOSA tester wasnt watching with his beady eyes it would have been a pass. Got to fail you on something or he's not doing his job

Paper ticking exercise and a waste of time at that :?
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby lotusflasherman » Tue 22.08.2017, 23:53

dapinky wrote:with advisories for handbrake reserve travel


Did you educate him with section JE.4 in the manual ? " It is important, if the self adjusting mechanism is to function correctly, that the caliper levers are fully against their stop brackets when the parking brake is 'off '" MOT guys always want handbrake on in a couple of clicks and then self adjusting won't work - 'king idiots ! :banghead:
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby muley » Wed 23.08.2017, 07:58

..in the same vein,. I always have a quibble over 'slack in rear wheel bearing'. My response is ; OK you adjust it per the manual and show me how it's done. My tester (a good chap~will replace bulbs for no cost etc) always grumbles about the brakes ~ and I agree with him..


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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby lotusflasherman » Tue 03.10.2017, 17:22

Successful MOT yesterday but not quite as smooth as my usual 'just drive in' - last week I flew back (Ryanair) from a few weeks in the south of France with Elan's MOT about to expire. Booked an MOT with my friendly local garage but first trip out in the Elan after weeks of non-use had the CEL flash on and gave me 'a hat full' of errors - 41,42,43 & 54 and it was popping and banging like Shitty Shitty Bang Bang. Turned ignition off and restarted and it was OK for a couple of short journeys but when engine got up to temperature - here we go again ! ... just what I didn't need for the MOT :banghead: Phoned garage to delay MOT to Monday so I had a few days to sort it.

In a box of spares I'd acquired several years ago I had a Hall Effect Sensor(A100E0102S) and a couple of Turbo CO Pot's (A100E6151). Code 41 is Hall Effect Sensor related, 42 is Spark Timing playing up, 43 is Knock Sensor on too long, 54 is CO Pot volts going outside parameters. Decided to start with the HES, as I had one of those, and if it's not talking to the ECM reckoned 42 & 43 could be generated as a consequence ... but not sure why 54 .. :smt017

Found this Elan still had the OE HES so there was a bit of fiddling to connect the fly lead connector for the current design, which won't need to be done again. Ran the engine up to temperature. Put it into Service Mode and ran engine to check base ignition timing. Timing Light showed about 10° but fans kicked in and it was spot on 16°, fans off and back to around 10°. (Anybody else noticed that happens?). Slackened CAS securing bolt so my son could rotate the CAS while I watched crank pulley marks and we got it spot on 16°- which was lucky as bolt was now hard against end of adjusting slot of CAS. :smt017

Shut off, disconnected battery to clear engines codes, then ran engine to check with Elanscan and everything was looking hunky-dory with no codes. Test drive was one of those "Wow, this is fun" drives that just keeps on going. Thought I needed to give it a long run to see if any codes popped up but they didn't. :bananasex: (Ordered replacement HES for my box of spares from SJ Sportscars - £30.30 delivered)

Last year CO was borderline so I warned the garage I might need to change the CO pot so turned up for MOT with the glovebox removed and my ALDL plug with a shorting switch already set up. It was, again, right at the limit but an anticlockwise turn of the pot got it more within MOT limits but remains something to investigate.

Since last year I've fitted HID Dip Beams and Hispec brakes with 295mm discs front, 264mm rear. No comment about the headlamps when checking them on the 'Beam Machine' but he did say 'the brakes are good' as the indicator dials went much further round compared to last year and it kept trying to climb off the rollers when he braked. Handbrake worked fine too. Revised Govt MOT History website, since entry for Manufacturer was removed, seems to go much further back and I'd recently noticed in 2007 my car had Advisory Notice "Offside Rear Lower Suspension arm corroded but not seriously weakened (2.4.G.1)". When I bought it in 2013 there was Waxoyl over everything, including the plastic wheelarch liners :banghead: , but I took the opportunity to get under the ramp and have a good close look to make sure I didn't have this problem lurking under the Waxoyl... broken rear wishbone due to rust.

Everything was fine and I got MOT Certificate with no Advisory Notes, though it shows odometer had increased by 5,402 since last year - lucky I went for 7,500 on the insurance last year ... :lol:
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Re: So....how did the M.O.T go? (or overseas equivalent)

Postby clemo » Tue 03.10.2017, 21:13

Glad to hear all went well And well worth having a good look at those rear wishbones at least every year when up on the ramps .
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