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Re: MOT advisory notes help.

The front brake imbalance could be a caliper,more usually it's either the pads seized into the caliper carrier or a seized slider.If it is something seized then it should be cheap to sort out,no more than an hours labour,but if something needs replacing then the cost will obviously start mounting up.

The rear shocks should take no longer than half an hour in total,thats if they come off OK.The lower bushes have a tendency to seize into the axle and this can complicate the job.....the shocks themselves start at around 40 each and go up as quality increases,I'd be tempted to spend as much as you can possibly afford on them as quality shock absorbers can transform a car.

I would definately concentrate on the front brakes first,and if that turns out to be a cheap repair then have the shocks changed.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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