MOT issue or not ?

Discussion in 'Car and Van Talk' started by DIYDave., Feb 2, 2019.

  1. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Hi all

    I’ve got a tatty Renault Scenic that drives great and doesn’t cost hardly anything to keep on the road

    Every year we say get rid of it but it passes the mot and doesn’t break down so we’ve kept it

    Couple weeks ago noticed the exhaust was hanging down so took a look, bracket that holds up rear box has snapped so I just tied up exhaust using garden wire and it seems rock solid

    Exhaust bracket looks over complicated (being Renault) and is made of several parts, metal, rubber and looks like a woven material - but I don’t know anything about cars

    Anyway, got MOT coming up. If exhaust is secure and tied up with wire, you recon this is a pass or a fail ?

    Yes I’m being tight and if possible don’t want to spend any money on it

    When the big bills come in, then it will go but if I can patch it up, all the better

  2. Heat

    Heat Screwfix Select

    My guess is it will need something more substantial than wire for to pass. Perhaps a made up bracket and clamp would look the part?
    The MOT in most of U.K. is subject to variance with garages just doing it.
    The big dedicated test centres in NI are probably more exacting, although still depends on each person’s descisions
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  3. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Under the new MOT colour coded system ............amber at best more than likely red!
  4. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member


    Should be able to fabricate a bracket of some sort to work.
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  5. Isitreally

    Isitreally Super Member

    Just took my van for MOT a couple of weeks back, i had a very similar problem, the last bracket had snapped off the tailpipe and left a hole 6" from end of exhaust.

    Test told me to cut exhaust off at that point and re-attach the bracket somehow.

    I cut it off as suggested and reversed the bracket and held it in place with a jubilee clip.

    Tester was more than happy.

    As long as its secure im sure they can't fail it, but advise of it.
  6. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Scrap yard . Go get the parts needed.
  7. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Scrap yards are useless these days. The majority will only strip a limited number of parts; engines, headlights, bumpers and then from only recent cars. Their main market is dealing with crash repairers.

    Finding something like a exhaust brackets for an old Scenic is going be hard and one of those things that is going to be a false economy as they will already be decaying. New ones for a Scenic (which version ?) on eBay are between £10 and £20 so not really worth the hassle foraging around for one
  8. DIY womble

    DIY womble Well-Known Member

  9. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Thanks guys for your input

    I’m pretty sure the wire make shift lash up job I’ve done would be a fail so to save time I’ve ordered a new one from Renault, will fit it myself

    Mind you, £24 for an exhaust bracket, rear silencer - as I said, over engineered me thinks

    I have ordered parts previously from on-line breakers and not always sold as described or not always such a big saving compared to new

    Used to have a mate that worked at Euro Car Parts and staff get a huge discount off parts - % varies depending on parts but could be as much as 60% staff discount, so he used to get a few parts for me on his staff account - amazing value

    When I was a teenager I used to love going to local breakers on a Sunday for parts, had an Escort Mk 2 that certainly needed some patching up. Was great fun clambering over and in and out of the cars, getting the bits you needed and seeing what you could shove in ur jeans and tool bag as a freebie - I’m sure we’ve all done it

    Anyway, exhaust bracket not in till Tuesday then can wait till following w/end

    Just wondering what else mot may pick up on. Cars 14 years old, never been garaged over night and runs lovely. Luckily everything that went wrong with it (and there was loads), happened during its 5 year warrenty from new

    Following 9 years, very few problems, just little bits and bobs that I’ve sorted myself

    Thanks again chaps
  10. DIY womble

    DIY womble Well-Known Member

    It's not uncommon for parts to be borrowed for an mot
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  11. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Ha ha nice !
    I’ve never heard of that myself but can imagine it happening :)
  12. Heat

    Heat Screwfix Select

    I knew a mechanic who used to put a same set of wheels with decent tyres on cars they matched just for the MOT, then took them off again. :)
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  13. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    One of the best cars ever had was a mk 3 Ford Granada. One set of keys for the ignition, one for the doors, numbers etched on the windows didn't match the number plate. The engine, chassis and log book numbers didn't match either. Paid £300 for the car with a years "MOT" which apart from the some bulbs that blown was actually fairly accurate, although I doubt the MOT station actually saw the car ;)

    Great car, you could park it anywhere and wouldn't attract any attention. I ran it for a year. Then gave to my brother whom kept it for over 18 months and apart from MOT's didn't spend anything on maintenance. He eventually sold it for £150 because he snapped the key in the ignition.
  14. longboat

    longboat Screwfix Select

    That's corruption that is.
    The rules only apply to others, eh?
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  15. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Lets say for the period I was driving the Granada, it fitted in well with what I was doing. As I said " you could park it anywhere and wouldn't attract any attention" ;)
  16. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Undercover ?
  17. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

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  18. longboat

    longboat Screwfix Select

    How would an un-legit Grenada attract less attention than a legit one?
    This car that YOU bought wouldn't be being used in a sting operation would it?
    Nar, can't be, a different budget would have been used for that, surely.
  19. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Sounds like something from the Sweeney
  20. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    There would be many reasons why you want something that looks a bit dodgy. Similarly you may not want something to appear in official records

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