I got an advisory with my last MOT the the rubber bushes on the steering
were starting to crack. The car has been fine since and as I do not do a
high milage I wonder what the procedure will be in my next MOT.
Will the garage insist that the work be done or check how far the bushes
have deteriorated and if this is not by much, pass the car with a further
advisory re the bushes?
Pop over to uk.rec.cars.maintenance and pose your question there - and you
will find out that an "advisory" is just that - and may not even be picked
up on the next MOT (which will be done without reference to any past MOT
In my case, a main dealer "advised" that I had a small oil leak on a power
steering ram three years running - when I took the car to a different MOT
station, that so-called defect was not even mentioned (and I've been using
that garage for the last three years).
three years ago I was advised of 'corrosion in my lower wishbones'.
Its been through two MOTS since at a different garage and no mention.
They do keep telling me about the cracked tyre sidewalls, but the old
camper only does 3000 miles a year..
I'e had a car failed for 'different brightness brake lights: the same
wattage bulb in both. One was just brighter than another and a
'dangerous bonnet catch' I took it elsewhere and it passed. I even
pointed out the issues 'if they work and you have the correct bulb in,
its not an issue, and anyone who works on an engine without propping the
bonnet is a bloody fool anyway' ;-)
I think "some" garages use advisories to generate work when they are
slack or to make you think they are being thorough. Having said that
you should look for yourself and make a sensible judgement as there
may be an issue in close up
In article , email@example.com says...
You'll probably find that it's dangerous in the sense of insecure while
the car is in motion, rather than likely to drop on your head which is
the job of the bonnet prop, not the bonnet catch.
Ah - here you are...
In message , Skipweasel
I used to have an Omega. The steering started to wander. I was alarmed
enough to take it to the main dealer who found nothing wrong, then to a
local ATS, who put it on a ramp and declared it OK.
A week or two later, I had an alarming experience when tootling along
without concentrating too hard and, at a road junction (ie change of
camber as different road joined) suddenly the car turned left and
towards the side road, just stopping as I mounted the far kerb. No-one
was standing there, but it was truly frightening.
Car then drove OK, but I went straight to a testing station with a
They found a rubber bush had fallen out.
That was one of the good Carlton/Omegas in which I did 200k each and
were still fine. The last one I had, after this, was dreadful. Full of
useless dodgy electronics.
I bought a rather too cheap XJS and TWO MOTS later they told me I had a
bent kingpin and must have crashed it. 'No, it's been like that since I
It went round bumpy corners a lot better when they fitted a new one.
I am not sure that MOT's are worth the paper they are printed on
frankly. I suppose they get the very worst rubbish off the roads.
In message , The Natural Philosopher
That was indeed the original intention of the MOT.
It was originally a "Ten Year Test" (first annual test when ten years
old), and only covered really serious defects. Inevitably, mission creep
set in, and the age was reduced to 3 years. And, of course, many
additions have been added to the 'fail' list - and are increasingly
concerned with legal compliance rather than safety.
Fortunately the TVR bonnet is front hinged. I was doing passenger laps for
the ASDA charity day (*) at Bruntingthorpe and the bonnect came open on the main
straight. I have bonnet pins holding it down now.
(* The public pay £5/lap to be ferried round for the benefit of a charity -
the Children's Make-A-Wish Foundation the year I did it. Piccies