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  1. Lifted from another site... Major changes to the MOT test on 20th of May 2018 Some of you may have already heard that there are big changes coming to the MOT test this May. Here are just a few of the biggest changes that are most likely to affect you. Please take these with a pinch of salt as nothing will be finalised until the end of April and will probably still be subject to change after that date. Remember it will take your MOT tester time to get up to speed with these too! So... Advisories are being replaced with minor fails. These are all pre written & approved by DVSA. You will still get a pass but they will be noted on your test certificate. Manual advisories are still being worked out but may disappear completely. Those of you who have changed your standard headlight bulbs for HID's will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT is now in line with that. Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards). Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started. Brake pad warning lights are a major fail Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel. Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn't allowed to remove the fluid cap. Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough. It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect. Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF'S and EGR's is now a major fail. Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail. A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules. These are just some of the bigger changes to the MOT test the average motorist is likely to be affected by. There are dozens, perhaps even over 100 changes to the actual MOT test and to the way testers record tests on the MOT computer. Please remember these are all subject to change in the coming months and remember spare a thought for your MOT tester before you say... "Well it past like that last year!" Source - https://www.gov.uk/…/mot-special-notice-01-18-inspection-ma…
  2. MOT Changes coming in may

    I've never needed to have anything other than tracking done previously, usually if I feel a pull or I see wear when swapping tyres. I've driven c300 miles today and it's been flawless (I know you can't feel camber), but I will get it booked in.
  3. MOT Changes coming in may

    I will get the alignment done again I think, I wanted to have it done last week but never got the time.
  4. MOT Changes coming in may

    The car drives spot on and I know it's a geo setting (Pos and neg camber) but I was told it's a common trait of the F11, not sure if it is?
  5. MOT Changes coming in may

    I had 4 advisory's last time, two fronts showing wear on the outers, two rears showing wear on the inners. Swapped back to front and I got a couple of k more miles out of them
  6. MOT Changes coming in may

    Was it a 'summer time' MOT?
  7. F10 p/x values.

    A lot of dealers use WBAC as a base price, putting a couple of hundred on their offering. As always you will get more selling private but some people think the couple of grand is not worth the effort.
  8. MOT Changes coming in may

    Yup, the amount of uber bright knobhead lights I see is astounding, I doubt this will make any difference as I also see a lot of taxis with them and I was under the impression they were tested more frequently.
  9. Ditto, I've had this just over 2 years, it's the first car I've owned outside manufacturers warranty for c10 years so I was weary of any bills, I've only used it once for a rear air bag which I did the other side for c£45 myself so in effect I'm still over £200 up on the deal. I pay £62 per month comp and keep looking to cancel but I know if I do...
  10. VIN Code finder

    I wonder if they are held back for some reason, warranty perhaps?
  11. VIN Code finder

    I've used a few before but they are getting harder to find so I thought this may help people:- VIN Code finder Reg in the yellow box and the VIN and other details will show just below Alternatively if you have your VIN then this will show the registration number which can also come in handy. You will need to register an account with the page to view.
  12. I rarely use the paddles, rarely use hb asist and the first thing I do when the Mrs gets out is press the 'All' button to match the heating up on both sides.
  13. VIN Code finder

    I'm browsing cars on Autotrader and like to check the spec, dealers are absolute feckwits in most cases and miss quite a lot out, along with dealers who shout about 5's being 'top spec' for having heated leather seats ffs.
  14. VIN Code finder

    Sharing the love...
  15. Any LCD TV experts here?

    They are very reasonable now so not worth messing with imo. Buy a new one and put that on fleabay, my brother in law sold a fecked one for silly money to a guy who repairs them. https://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/4k-tv
  16. 4x4 appeals to me for everyday sure footedness winter tyres less so, I had some brand new wheels and tyres and never used them.
  17. I toy each year with buying a cheap 4x4, something like a subaru justy or rav 4, just for a bit of fun in the snow, but by the time I've looked it's melted. What snow do we get, 3-5 days per year? I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home so providing it snows before I go to work I'm fine.
  18. Radio volume button illumination

    TBF if the Mrs did it I'd straighten them, I only do it because I know it boils her piss.
  19. Radio volume button illumination

    I would say I'm slightly OCD (he says looking around his desk where everything is at right angles...) My Mrs is terrible, I love wining her up by turning the odd tin of soup etc upside down or just so the labels at the back. I also can't walk past a picture in the house without just tapping it off centre slightly.
  20. Heavy rain, Water leak

    Looking at the car from the front or behind when water reaches the bottom of the glass (whilst in the up position obv) the curvature of the car will mean it ends up against the inside of the bottom of the door vapour barrier when it drips down?
  21. Just spoken to my gaffer who spent the night on a services near the M74 last night on his way up to Jockland. He drives a 530 gt and says it was fine in the snow but the roads were blocked with HGV's
  22. Yeah, another snake oil imo. looked an expensive machine tbf.
  23. It's a small place that was recommended to me after I struggled to get my pug centreless wheels balanced properly by a couple of places including the dealer. He did it spot on and although from the outside the place is not greatly appealing he has up to date kit and for an old guy (late 50's) he's a real petrol head and loves talking about his cars, he's also just bought a chav van and had it mapped.. Place is always queuing and in the 40 or so minutes I waited yesterday I noted he mainly sold second hand tyres so maybe that's where the profit is. He's also just got a Nitrogen machine that his lad was trying to punt on me.