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Datsuncog's Heaps: 17/09/18 - L'il Thunder: MOT day - PHURTHER PHAILS!!


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#1741 OFFLINE   Datsuncog

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:00 AM

Nipped over to the exhaust place last night to see about the banging/clanging coming from the underside above 40mph.

 

The helpful fabricator threw it up on the ramps, and it quickly became apparent that a mount at the rear of one of the heat shields had pulled through at one point, presumably while the back box was being fitted, and was now chafing against the original bolt.

 

An oversize washer soon saw it sorted, which was a mild relief.

 

Since the garage was slack and no-one else was about, the fella left in charge was happy to let me poke about underneath for the first time while it was hoicked up on the lift.

 

Initial thoughts ranged from Goodness, there's a lot of bits isn't there? to Actually, it's not that bad...  And it's really not.

 

General corrosion appears minimal, with only a small amount of scab to the very edge of the sill seams where the underseal has been knocked, possibly by jacking. This can be dealt with fairly simply. There were a few bits of hay jammed into the suspension mounts, which was even easier to tug out.

 

The rest of the exhaust seems fairly good - and all remaining sections are pressed with SUBARU complete with logo - so either are impressively long-lived original factory items, or someone's shelled out at the main dealer for replacements at some stage.

 

The only items of concern are the front lower wishbones, which seem more scabby than the rest of the underside. I'm wondering whether the 'klonk' noise that occurs as I pull out of the driveway might be related to wear here.

 

I also took the opportunity to examine the OMG DETHTRAP brakepipes that had so upset Dour Derek the previous evening... and I'm still unclear what the problem is.

 

Rear pipes seem to involve several sections, but I couldn't see any which had corrosion even approaching the levels of terror stated to me. There's what looks like a load regulator thingummy just in front of the o/s rear wheel which had a bit of green powder around it, but it came off at my touch and looked clean. A bit of mud here and there, rubbed away to reveal shiny black pipes underneath. I couldn't even see anywhere that someone might have recently rubbed at them, to check for corrosion.

 

I ARE CONFUSE.

 

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#1742 ONLINE   Hooli

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:08 AM

Do they not mark fails with yellow chalk over there?


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#1743 OFFLINE   Datsuncog

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:29 AM

Do they not mark fails with yellow chalk over there?

 

Nope. Oftentimes they'll come and fetch the driver from the 'waiting area' (three battered chairs behind a railing) and take them under the vehicle on the ramps to point out the problem, as with the Yaris' second fail last month, but I've never had anything marked up in chalk.

 

I'd kind of assumed the problem would be rather obvious, judging by the Corporal Frazer-esque tone oul Derek used to damn the Subaru to failure, but I can see nothing untoward.

 

Now, that's not to say the brakes don't need some TLC as the handbrake is poor and the 'wob wob wob' noise audible while braking from below 20mph suggests a problem with a sticky caliper or some such - but that's not what it failed on, and the claimed 'clean rotten' pipe is invisible to my eyes...



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:46 AM

Bit of an arse then, no point in going back to ask grumpy I guess?


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#1745 OFFLINE   Datsuncog

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:04 PM

^^^ Nah, with about a dozen testers running different shifts out of each station, chances of finding the same guy again are minimal. Plus the station's a 30 mile round trip, and you can't phone them up. Plus he clearly didn't like me anyway.

 

I'll phone my preferred garage and see if they can take a look at it. The current MOT doesn't run out until the first week in October, so I've a bit of wriggle room yet.

 

If it turns out there's no corrosion to that pipe at all - which is certainly how it looked last night - I'll book a retest and then lodge a formal complaint if it then passes, to claim back the £18.50 retest fee and possibly more for wasted fuel, time and garage bills.

 

The Northern Ireland MOT system has its pluses and minuses, but if you get a cunty tester they will either find something to fail you on, or invent a reason. It's denied at official level, but everyone who works there knows there are re-test targets to meet, and testers are expected to fail a proportion of vehicles each day. How they do that is left up to them.

 

I generally try to get a late test appointment (as close to 8pm as possible) in the hope that they've already made their fail quota for the day, but it doesn't always work.

 

At least this lad didn't hammer a hole through a perfectly solid steel sill using a screwdriver just so he could fail it on rust, like one tester did to my Fiesta many years ago.

 

 

UPDATE: the garage can take it in next Monday to have a squizz. I'll be very interested in their views...


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 06:06 PM

FFS.

Got home to find the high winds had managed to blow one of the recycling tubs, which had a brick on it as per recycling service instructions because the lids are rubbish, over the 6ft fence from the yard and onto the roof of the Subaru in the driveway.

Several dents and deep scratches front to back, then the trail of destruction goes down the driver's side where evidence shows it spent a happy day being blown from the wall into the front wing and back again, ad nauseam.

As the kids probably no longer say any more, I can't even.

That's what I get for gloating last night about how remarkably straight the bodywork was on this thing.

Daaah.

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1980 Ford Cortina 1.6 L (1997); 1976 Mini Clubman 1.0 (1997); 1973 Vauxhall Viva HC 1.3 (1997-2005); 1984 Datsun Sunny B11 1.5 Coupé (1999-2000); 1983 Datsun Sunny B11 1.5 Coupé (2000); 1986 Ford Fiesta 1.1 Ghia (2001-2003); 1996 Ford Escort 1.6 LX (2003-2008); 1985 Toyota Corona 2.4 Avante (2005-2006); 1981 Ford Cortina 2.0 GL Estate (2008-2010); 1993 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 Genesis (2010); 1996 Citroen XM 2.5TD VSX Estate (2010-2011); 1988 Volvo 240 2.0 GL Estate (2011-2012); 2004 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9JTD Veloce (2012-2014); 1993 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 Fox (2013-2014); 1996 Renault Laguna 1.8 RN (2014 - 2018); 1997 Renault Laguna 2.0 RT Sport (2015-2017); 1998 Renault Laguna 1.8 RT Sport (2017 - 2018); 2003 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT (2018 - present)

 

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 06:10 PM

Ffs it's not been a good day for cars and bins with you an xtriple suffering.
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Posted 19 September 2018 - 07:57 PM

Sounds like my Laguna. The OMGDEATHRUSTYPIPE advisory it got the year before last vanished when I got it MOT'd with a 'Nah mate, it's fine under there'


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