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Brakes binding MOT failure

Hi i really need some advice here, I have a scenic mk II 2003 53 plate 2.0L petrol and it failed its MOT last week on 'rear brakes binding' and front 'inner CV Gaiters detached' I was quoted 250 for the rear brakes they said i need new discs and pads, and 69 each side for the CV gaiters. They said they are detached and cant be re attached because the rubber has deformed or gone hard. The rear discs do look quite corroded on the outer edge but they don't over heat, they don't smell and they don't seem to be slowing the car down at all. (i haven't jacked it up to see if they spin freely though) As far as the CV gaiters i cant see any problems with them at all they look fine! Maybe I'm missing something I'm not a mechanic but i dont like the idea of being ripped off. I also had advisory's of the under tray obscuring view of components under car! The engine under tray is part of the car and is bolted into place as it should be how can that be an advisory? The wiper was also noted for being too long as it touches the edge of the windscreen. Are these prices about right? and is it likely that the failures are actually bad enough to cause it to fail? I'm tempted to take it to another testing station for another MOT to see what that brings up. Thanks in advance
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Re: Brakes binding MOT failure

The brakes may bind after being used and gather some heat so it is hard to tell. Just jacking the car up and checking when cold isn't always a good check. Have you checked the back of the discs for corrosion? Could also be due to sticking handbrake cables. If the brake problem showed up during the brake test then another test centre may find exactly the same problem.

Have you actually checked the CV boot gaiters still have their retaining clips in place?

The test centre is entirely wrong regarding the undertray - I suggest you report them to VOSA.

An incorrect wiper blade could cause poor vision during rain, etc.

Thank goodness where I live the MOT test centres are not permitted to do repairs or give advisories - either the car passes or fails.
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Re: Brakes binding MOT failure

hi, all the prices sound ok

u could check your self at eurocarparts

if u r happy to jack your car up and get the wheel off, check the disk for pitting and see if they r getting thin, check and see how much you have left on your pads

if they have been binding for along time its very possible u need new ones, if u r are handy at mechanics u could take the callipers off and get some copper grease on them

as for the cv boots, if only one needs doing i wouldnt get both done, unless the other one looks shot aswell, but its defo advisable to get it replaced, as a new drive shaft will be much more expensive

might be worth taking it to a council garage and get them to go over it, as they dont do repairs and dont gain from ripping you off
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Re: Brakes binding MOT failure

Your not alone
ive had some stupid advisorys too

1. engine cover fitted
2. engine undertray fitted
3, child seat fitted,

ican understand the child seat advisory as there not alowed to remove the seat,
but the engine covers are abit of a joke, it confused me any way,

as for cv gaiters as long as there not torn and they hold the grease and there secure they shouid pass on the Mot,
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