MOTs 2012

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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by M60NJP » 19 Oct 2011, 12:26

ASJ wrote:cant see how there going to be able to check every car for a modified ecu, if they can you will see alot less mitsubishi evo's on the road as i would say at least 80% of them have modified ecu's as everyone i met when i had mine had modified ecu's
....or maybe like exhausts and number plates, folk will get a 'spare' ECU for installing one day each year? A bit more pricy than an exhaust or number plate though? Perhaops the maps will be uploadable so people put them on their own PC for an hour each year? Too easy........

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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by ASJ » 19 Oct 2011, 13:35

M60NJP wrote:
ASJ wrote:cant see how there going to be able to check every car for a modified ecu, if they can you will see alot less mitsubishi evo's on the road as i would say at least 80% of them have modified ecu's as everyone i met when i had mine had modified ecu's
....or maybe like exhausts and number plates, folk will get a 'spare' ECU for installing one day each year? A bit more pricy than an exhaust or number plate though? Perhaops the maps will be uploadable so people put them on their own PC for an hour each year? Too easy........
it's going to cut down on the amount of mods that people do though, if i had to return the evo to stock before it's mot it would have taken a full day did my head in enough having to put the cat back on for 1 day a year,
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by hongkongfuey » 22 Oct 2011, 08:48

I wonder if that applies to modded cars?, ie engine swaps, high lift cams ? If your mods are disclosed on the insurance they should not effect the mot? Will they next say no stainless exhausts ? Air filters like k&n ?
Ive just had my mot and the tester said how good the light cut off was as i have hid's , e30 lights are useless with normal bulbs
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by gra325 » 22 Oct 2011, 13:47

With reference to the hids.. I'm led to believe that as long as they are 6000k and you have adjustable headlight aim ( from the drivers seat) and headlight washers they will go through a test
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by rasputin » 27 Oct 2011, 15:51

gra325 wrote:With reference to the hids.. I'm led to believe that as long as they are 6000k and you have adjustable headlight aim ( from the drivers seat) and headlight washers they will go through a test
So, if i replace the totally inadequate lights on my 1986 Cab, for a
set of much improved Hids for safety reasons, i then fail an MOT.
Self leveling lights was not an option at the year of production.

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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by gra325 » 27 Oct 2011, 21:17

I totally agree on the safety aspect, it makes driving in the dark and bad weather so much less stressful because you can see and be seen perfectly, which is not the case with the old e30 candles..

I'm actually crapping myself about MOT time next year as my sport has
abs deleted
Ecu is chipped
Headlights are hid
Lightned flywheel (illegal engine mod?)
And my rear camber is miles on the positive side ( which my tester says may be a problem with new rules)
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by Justin » 11 Jan 2012, 20:55

The main Mot changes from Jan 1st 2012

Electronic parking brake:
Electronic parking brake controls are now included and must be present and not inappropriately repaired or modified - repair obviously likely to adversely affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle or modification that has seriously weakened the component.

(The 'inappropriately repaired or modified' check is to be applied to a wide range of systems and components throughout the vehicle.)

The car will fail if an Electronic Parking Brake warning lamp is illuminated to indicate a malfunction.

Electronic Stability Control:
Checks of antilock brakes will be extended to include Electronic Stability Control if fitted. The tester will check for the presence and correct operation of the ESC malfunction warning light together with looking for obviously missing, excessively damaged or inappropriately repaired or modified components and electrical wiring, as well as an ESC switch missing, insecure or faulty.

Warning lights:
As well as electronic parking brake and electronic stability control warning lights (where fitted) the MOT test will also include checks for the correct function of the following, where fitted;

Headlight main beam warning light
Electronic power steering warning light
Brake fluid level warning light
Tyre pressure monitoring system warning light
Air bag warning light
Seat belt pre-tensioner warning light
Steering & suspension
The new test includes a check on the presence and correct function of the steering lock where fitted as standard.

Missing, or split/damaged dust covers on steering and suspension ball-joints will result in failure if they will allow dirt to enter the joint.

Power steering fluid level must be above the minimum level indicated on the reservoir.

Lighting:
Products on the lens or light source that obviously reduce the light's intensity or change its colour will become a reason for failure – applies to front/rear position lamps, registration plate lamps, stop lamps, rear fog and direction indicators,

Headlight requirements are updated to take account of the particular characteristics of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps.

HID headlights can cause dazzle if they are dirty or aimed too high so car manufacturers must fit headlamp cleaning and levelling systems. A car will fail if a mandatory headlamp cleaning or levelling system is missing, doesn't work or is obviously defective.

Vehicles fitted with aftermarket HID systems must also be fitted with properly working washer and levelling systems.

If a headlamp bulb is not seated correctly the resulting beam pattern will be indistinct and this will result in a test fail.

Electrical wiring and battery:
An insecure battery will be a reason for failure as will a battery that is leaking electrolyte.

Visible wiring that is insecure, inadequately supported or likely to cause a short will also result in a failure as will wires bared by damaged insulation.

Trailer/caravan electrical socket:
There will be a basic security/damage check of 7-pin sockets,

13-pin sockets will be subject to a full electrical connectivity check and incorrectly connected or inoperative circuits will result in failure.

Tyres:
Tyre pressure monitoring systems fitted to vehicles first registered after 1 January 2012 must be working correctly and not indicating a malfunction.

Supplementary restraints:
The vehicle will fail the test if any airbag fitted as original equipment is obviously missing or defective.

A seatbelt pre-tensioner fitted as original equipment but missing or that has obviously deployed will be a reason for failure.

Seatbelt load limiters that are missing where fitted as standard or folding webbing type limiters that have obviously deployed are also reasons for failure.

The vehicle will also fail if an SRS malfunction light is missing, not working or indicating a fault.

Speedometer:
The car will fail if a speedometer is not fitted, is incomplete, inoperative, has a dial glass broken/missing or cannot be illuminated.

Seats:
It must be possible to secure the driver's seat fore and aft adjustment mechanism in two or three different positions. On electric seats the motors must move the seat fore and aft.

Doors:
A rear door that cannot be opened from the outside using the relevant control is a new reason for failure.

Doors must be easy to open and close – hinges, catches and pillars will be inspected.

Towbars:
Inappropriate repair or modification to the towbar assembly will be a reason for failure if judged likely to affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle/trailer.

Exhaust:
A catalytic convertor fitted as original equipment but missing will be a reason for failure.

Fuel system:
Damaged or chafed fuel pipes will result in failure.

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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by Metroreg » 11 Jan 2012, 20:58

This is not fair, i have to take out me lovely HID bulbs, oh well, i have to place in the fog lights instead :lol:


Thanks for the update Justin :thumbup:
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by Gem » 12 Jan 2012, 13:14

The new mot's aren't anything as bad as everyone keeps making out.
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Re: MOTs 2012

Post by Justin » 12 Jan 2012, 19:26

very true they have just made it easier for testers to understand what is falure and what isnt

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