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Old 11th February 2020, 00:00   #11
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No wonder your key is broken Roger

NOOOOO!! Of course, that's what caused it


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I've got some nice new switches if you want to post me your remote PCB while you are waiting to get the arm changed

Aw cheers Brian, that's very decent of you - but I got confused and can't remember which one is which right now, and they both seem to be working perfectly now of course


I'll come begging if I get myself organised
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Old 11th February 2020, 02:52   #12
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Try these Roger. OK they were taken 11 months after the previous MOT (at Larne), but check out the spring! Both sides were like that, and were broken for at least 4 years. In fairness though the break in the springs were only visible if you stuck your head between the arm and the floor - it sat level, but low, with no noises or movement. I spotted them just prior to the previous MOT and expected it to fail, but it didnt, the car drove so well and stable, I was loathe to replace.

I didnt notice the holes prior to the previous MOT, and I was looking because I had a pair in the attic. I would have expected the suspension shaker to have exposed the holes for the ramp stage that follows.

For those who are interested, THIS is the NI MOT (at Mallusk by the looks of it). They do check for the dashcam now and some ask you to switch it off - others dont care though.
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Old 11th February 2020, 10:52   #13
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For those who are interested, THIS is the NI MOT (at Mallusk by the looks of it). They do check for the dashcam now and some ask you to switch it off - others dont care though.
Yeah looks like Mallusk, doesn't it. It’s interesting, all this – when I was living in England, getting my MOTs done in garages, they failed he car on ANYTHING. Here, where it’s all supposed to be more stringent (the whole point of having dedicated, costly, government-run centres), more seems to get through, as far as I can see.


Anyway, she’s with our Mark now, so barring disasters it’ll all get sorted out.
Along with yet another drop link. And the perennial airbag light…



PS this is the 2nd time I've driven around for months with a broken rear spring with no symptoms
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Old 14th February 2020, 17:42   #14
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No wonder your key is broken Roger

I've got some nice new switches if you want to post me your remote PCB while you are waiting to get the arm changed

Managed to figure out which was the original board again... funny, it'll work for days in the case, then stop (no flashing red light when buttons pressed). Sometimes a gentle tap on the car roof restores it, sometimes (like today) absolutely not - then I have to take it out of the case, whereupon it starts working immediately again.


Anyway, yes Brian, that would be great, if you think it's the switches at fault... you still at No 26?
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Hmm.
Might this be one of the vast quantities of MOT passes with "No advisory" cars we keep reading about on here ?
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Might this be one of the vast quantities of MOT passes with "No advisory" cars we keep reading about on here ?
No it's an MOT pass from the completely impartial DSA in Northern Ireland where the VTS is government run and not open to the sort of abuses that can happen in mainland VTS John...........anyway if you have an MOT pass without advisories it can also mean the car which is being presented for test has actually had a dose of looking at first.

A point in question are generally my own fleet, I know what the MOT man is looking to inspect, and ensure that in addition to normal servicing, the car is checked thoroughly prior to being presented.

Of course the inspection is only as good as the diligence of the person carrying out the test, as in every walk of life there will be people who are more capable than others in carrying out work in their chosen profession.

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Old 15th February 2020, 11:56   #17
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I was having an MOT done yesterday on a friends Golf, my MOT tester was telling me about a Jag he did this week. It was a recent purchase by one of his regulars and he asked if he could take a look underneath. This is a 2008 Xtype estate that looked immaculate with low miles apparently. Anyway once up on the lift he was shocked to see the rust and holes in the chassis and he told him no to drive it as it was in his opinion dangerous as some of the suspension parts could easily become detached . The car had no advisories on the last MOT and it was only carried out 8 weeks beforehand. He is reporting the testing station.

I thought these duff MOT's had been stopped but obviously not. I wonder how many cars are out there with dangerous faults with a fresh MOT?
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Might this be one of the vast quantities of MOT passes with "No advisory" cars we keep reading about on here ?

I always service my cars and give them a thorough check over before presenting for an MOT test, my aim is an advisory free pass (just because it pleases me), also I have the best chance of reliable motoring.
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