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post #76 of 251 (permalink) Old 14th February 2008
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Wow, seems to me like Northern Ireland is much like Finland for their MOT's. Here there are NO garages offering MOTs except specialised places that only do the tests, no repairs. The tests are much like those in NI (i.e. suspension and whatnot) but they are also REALLY tight on the emissions. Perhaps it has something to do with all the trees...
Like everywhere, everything is computerised to the point that the garage can pull up your cars ENTIRE history with a single click. Really saves time if they can see what's been done/not done in the past and what to check up quickly.
Anyways, not to get side-tracked too much, my quick question is this: I recently had my HG, Cylinder head and god knows how much more replaced but also have a hole in my exhaust up near the engine (just after the catalysator the garage said). They didn't replace it because it 'wasn't a Renault brand exhaust'. Hmm. The noise is fairly loud though only when driving at highish revs. When ticking over, it is much softer.
Is this going to fail my MOT (due in a few weeks)? Also, will it affect the emissions?
Cheers all and great thread.
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It depends on how large a blow there is,but it could well fail an emissions test.

The Lambda readings might be a little too high due to the extra air being drawn into the exhaust through the hole,but it really does depend on how big the hole is.

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They now have mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cams going at some of the hotspots so the chances of running with no tax, MOT cert or insurance is reducing rapidly.
cleveland police has the same system along the 3 major ruotes that it covers (a19, a66, a174). but it doesnt wourk half of the time.

also is it true your car can fail an mot for having one bumper, but it can pass with none?
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also is it true your car can fail an mot for having one bumper, but it can pass with none?
No,your car could pass an MOT with one or both bumpers missing,as long as you have the number plates and lights etc all present.

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Just to bump this thread(),over the last two days I have attended a MOT refresher course as I have been a tester for 5 years.It has brought foward a couple of new points.

The only way a centre brake light can fail an MOT is if it has been disconnected and no longer works.It doesn't matter how many LED's or bulbs are working or not working in it,if it doesn't work and the tester can't see that the light is wired up,it's a pass and advise.As 99% of manufacturers hide all the wiring under covers,it is pretty much always that case.

Bumpers are not covered by the MOT at all,unless they are damaged and have a sharp edge on them.When I asked if a loose/insecure bumper with a number plate on it is a failure,he replied with the fact that as long as the number plate is securely fitted to the bumper it is deemed OK......even if the bumper is deemed as insecure.

Honestly,if you are annoyed by your car failing an MOT,please spare a thought for the tester.The people who make these rules all sit in offices and have little or no mechanical knowledge,it's not VOSA or the people testing your vehicle.

A brake disc can only fail a test on wear if it is likely to break if the brakes are applied!WTF??????.Believe you me,I am questioning my part in this system at the moment,especially as if I get something wrong I could be up for a court case/prosecution.

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