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    Question MOT Question (spare wheel and lights) (update - passed)

    Hi,
    Booked my car in with VX for MOT 2mor, got a couple of qn's tho -

    1. Boot install restricts access to spare wheel. Do they need to see it? If so I need to take the install out tonight. (about 45mins work)

    2. Got tint spray on rear lights, but have a spare regular set too. Should I
    A.put the regular ones back on
    B.leave the tinted ones on, and put the regular ones in the boot. Then I can tell the MOT dude to swap them if the tinted ones would fail. Would they charge me to do this.

    3. I need to check: tyre tread, pressue, washer fluid level, oil level, wiper blade condition, all exterior bulbs work. Is there anything else I should have a look at before I take it in? (Less hassel all around if I can sort minor things with a quick trip to halfords before I drop the car off.)

    edit - Passed with tinted lights, result!
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    1. With regards to the spare whee.....if you have a spare wheel thenn they need to see it to examin the tread....however a spare wheel is not an actual requirement for an MOT.....i.e. you are not legaly obliged to have a spare wheel.....you could try just telling them there is no spare wheel in the car....especially if it isnt easy to see.

    2. It depends on how strict etc. the MOT tester.....personally if you have a standard set then stick them on.....its only a 2min job and saves any hassle.

    3. Your checking all the basics....cant think of anything else personally.

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    They won't pull your boot apart looking for a spare...not required.

    As for lights, they must have a red reflector on them, and emit a percentage of light.
    If they're too dull, it'll probably fail.......play safe and swap em

    Help here:

    http://www.motuk.co.uk/manual/contents.htm


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    1 - Ok, ill call the place in a min and tell them I havnt got a spare, and see what they say. (id rather not be ripping the install out if i can avoid it, ill only have to put it back in 2mor evening!)

    2 - These are my lights
    http://www.imagehdd.com/d1y2004/5524...il_lights3.jpg
    I didnt spray over the reflector at all - so I reckon they should be ok. What Im getting at is that I would rather have them pass in their current state - then I dont have to worry about getting pulled for them. But I want to know what would happen if they fail. Would the guy be likely to stick the others on and pass it for me?

    3 - anyone else see somthing Im missing?

    (btw cheers for the link to mot handbook - Ill be studying that today!)
    Cheers for the comments, keep them comming.
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    easyest way is to take it in like it is and then if it fails on the kights change them and get it retested (usuall the retest is free)

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    Easy way is to put the standards lights back on (2 min job) and ask the tester if your modded jobbies would pass if they were fitted. then you'll konw for sure next year

    No point failing deliberately - although the re-test is free, it'll cost you time and inconvenience that could be avoided.

    Ffoeg - taking the easiest option

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    Cheers for ur comments guys.
    1. I called the MOT place again, and they said they wont worry about the spare, as it's not part of the test.
    2. I decided to chance it, and leave the tinted ones on - Ill let u kno the outcome 2mor. Wish me luck!
    3. All that stuff looks ok to me - have to wait and see 2mor.

    Thanks again, ill post back when I get the car back.
    B.A.D.

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    The spare will not be checked at all for the MOT,

    If the rear lights have a red reflector AND all the bulbs light up the correct colours(unlike some pink brake lights) then it will pass.

    Good idea to check the levels as if for example the oil is very low then they can refuse to do the emissions test stating that you engine might blow, but you will fail due to no emissions being done, same as no washer fluid - thats a fail, but some would top it up.
    Cant Think of Anything Funny To Say

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    So it takes you 45mins to remove install to get at the spare wheel? what do you do when you get a puncture? (The AA get pissed off if you call them out too often because of a puncture)
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
    ----x--Petey--x----

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    Peter...you can get 'Tyreweld' an all-in-one inflator sealer
    This type of 'repair' is actually standard on some production cars (can't quite remember just now which ones )

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