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  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #986

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    All lights including headlight angle, tire pressures, and tread levels, fluid levels (oil, washers, brake, clutch where it’s a separate reservoir), wiper blades, washer jet alignments, spare wheel (where applicable), horn. A look at the brakes and a sharp break from 40 mph with hands hovering over the wheel on a long/straight/flat/empty road to check for pull. Handbrake test (most mornings on a steep approach to traffic lights hill start…)

    Mostly things I do every 2-8 weeks anyhow.

    Other occasionally checks I do but not specifically for an MOT, where applicable – A yearly look at suspension coils to check for paint chips indicative of future metal failure, a glance to check that leaf springs haven’t wandered back to the 18th century, a look at suspension arms and joints, rotate a wheel up in a jack and listen to it (typically just when changing to/from winter wheels and tyres), a look at the sump, transfer box and diff(s) for oil leaks. **** you X-trail secondary sump of crap and your ceased, deformed bolts. On the BMW I plug in a Carly OBD unit and read out the fault codes once or twice a year.

    I should probably check the 12v battery occasionally but I never have on anything and have never had a problem. I’ve never even seen t on the 3-series. I think it’s in the boot somewhere.

    My wife’s car goes in for its first MOT this autumn. I think all I will check is fluids (just brakes and washers), tires and breaks. Difficult though as my safe brake test road is far enough from home that the battery pack will be low enough for braking to use the motor/generator and regenerate so it’s not a pure-hydraulic brake test.

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #960

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    Bought 1999 reg pug 306 2l turbo diesel for £300 in 2012. Annual repair costs about £250. It never let me down and repairs were found at MOT time. At almost 400 000 miles (hoped for the 400k but failed) the turbo failed, in Wales in 2016! Got £75 for it for spares. Replaced it with a turbo diesel 407 (2007 reg) for £700. It now has 250 000 last MOT was clean but have since spent £150 on two wheel bearings (due either to Rotherham potholes, or charging up and down dirt roads around Europe!) MOT due in two months and have been warned it will need a couple hundred spent to keep it up to scratch!

    Taken both down to Southern Spain and the Alps repeatedly and generally all over the UK. Both gave excellent mpg (quality driving is the real reason!) the 306 being just over 50mpg and the 407 just under 50mpg overall

    I like them to be mechanically sound but both had superficial body damage, enhanced by me parking in awkward places and up grass banks!

  • in reply to: Sheffield mayor bans Trump #1014

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    Just to clarify, Lord Mayor is a purely ceremonial position and he was appointed by his fellow councillors, not directly voted in to the role by the public.

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