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Blarno

MOT day.

The Flying Postbox has just been dropped off for what I believe will be its last MOT. 193k and still rolling, but it'll be on nearly 220 by this time next year and I just can't imagine it making it there to be honest. No particular reason why, I just have a gut feeling when it comes to cars.

As usual, expecting a fail, but it has so far surprised me at every MOT.
Bryan M

Good luck!
gooner

It might surprise you!
Resident Spanner

Mine is today too, so last night I made up a new engine mount as the old one was tired, and welded up a crack in the exhaust and sealed where it was blowing from the joints.....and on the way home from the workshop, the air-con pump spat it's bearings all over the road and one of the rear subframe bushes parted company over a speedbump.

Guess no MOT today then.
Blarno

Fail.

Handbrake efficiency below requirements and a small bulge in the sidewall of the NSF tyre, which is only visible now due to the big yellow mark around it. I checked the tyres on Sunday as well.

Thankfully, the local tyre place on our estate has thrown a budget on for 58 and saved my arse. I'm going to throw it on the ramps when I get home and see if the handbrake has any adjustment, otherwise it's new cables.

Still, could have been worse.
Bob Sacamano

Blarno wrote:
Fail.

Handbrake efficiency below requirements and a small bulge in the sidewall of the NSF tyre, which is only visible now due to the big yellow mark around it. I checked the tyres on Sunday as well.

Thankfully, the local tyre place on our estate has thrown a budget on for 58 and saved my arse. I'm going to throw it on the ramps when I get home and see if the handbrake has any adjustment, otherwise it's new cables.

Still, could have been worse.


The handbrake turn into the testing centre probably stretched it a bit.
PG

Blarno wrote:
Fail.

.... a small bulge in the sidewall of the NSF tyre, which is only visible now due to the big yellow mark around it. I checked the tyres on Sunday as well.


They probably drove it into the side of the ramp while lifting it..............  

Agreed, could have been worse.
Alf McQueef

Arses. Strange on the tyre, I don't know what the rules are but I see some massive sidewall tyre bulges - not just on RFT either (though they are especially prone) and I'm sure some of the owners claimed they had passed MOT.
Blarno

This bulge was small enough for me to not to have noticed it on Sunday. I knew there was some feathering on the inside edge - something Mk3 Mondeos love to do even when perfectly aligned - but not enough to warrant a fail.

As soon as the bulge was pointed out, I was straight to the tyre emporium like a shot. I've been doing 80 plus daily on that for however long, pretty lucky it never let go.

Still, rain stopped play on the handbrake inspection last night but it looks to me like it's a self adjuster anyway so I'm going to bite the bullet and buy a pair of cables.
Resident Spanner

It's usually the handbrake mech on the calipers on the Mk3 Mondeo's. They stick for fun.
Blarno

I thought that, but it's not very effective on the nearside, which makes me think stretched cables. Come hell or high water, I'm getting under it on Saturday and sorting it so I can retest it on Monday.
Resident Spanner

They're a balanced cable setup, the bar is just above the centre silencer under the heat shielding - so if one side is seized the other will work fine, hence the imbalance.

Pop the ends of the cable out first and see how well the linkages move, 5 minute job, should come all the way back to the stops easily with the cables off. Usually don't
Blarno

The compensator was wildly skewed towards the offside. Turns out the cable was binding so plenty of soaking with WD40 and some to-ing and fro-ing freed it up redressed the balance. Plenty of length left, just about half way up the adjuster. Should be more than enough to pass and I can fit new cables at my leisure.
PG

Blarno wrote:
T...plenty of soaking with WD40....


Ah, WD40, the greatest engineering tool ever invented, equalled only by duct tape.  


Blarno

It lives to fight another battle! I've made a mental note to keep an eye on the handbrake mechanism, although with the amount of WD-40 shoved in the cables it shouldn't trouble me again.

Shedlife.
Bryan M

Fantastic news, well done
Michael

Congratulations, some achievement!
I am terrible for over-applying handbrakes to the point all my cars have had stretched cables. Thanks to the Ovlovs electric hand brake this seems to be a thing of the past.
Roadsterstu

Result!
gooner

Michael wrote:
Congratulations, some achievement!
I am terrible for over-applying handbrakes to the point all my cars have had stretched cables. Thanks to the Ovlovs electric hand brake this seems to be a thing of the past.


Until it fails to engage and the car rolls down a hill! Happened to my customers Passat earlier in the year when he visited us for a meeting and ended up with the front wall of our building having to be rebuilt. I leave my car in gear now!
Blarno

My handbrake holds the car on one click now.

I just need to replace a track rod end, a bearing and a cracked mirror now.
Michael

gooner wrote:
Michael wrote:
Congratulations, some achievement!
I am terrible for over-applying handbrakes to the point all my cars have had stretched cables. Thanks to the Ovlovs electric hand brake this seems to be a thing of the past.


Until it fails to engage and the car rolls down a hill! Happened to my customers Passat earlier in the year when he visited us for a meeting and ended up with the front wall of our building having to be rebuilt. I leave my car in gear now!


It's an automatic so you can only leave it in park anyway.
Roadsterstu

gooner wrote:
Michael wrote:
Congratulations, some achievement!
I am terrible for over-applying handbrakes to the point all my cars have had stretched cables. Thanks to the Ovlovs electric hand brake this seems to be a thing of the past.


Until it fails to engage and the car rolls down a hill! Happened to my customers Passat earlier in the year when he visited us for a meeting and ended up with the front wall of our building having to be rebuilt. I leave my car in gear now!


But the advice has ALWAYS been to leave the car in gear. It's just that people don't. And then they blame a failed hand brake, when the most likely cause is that they didn't apply it properly or the brakes cooled and the pressure on the discs reduced, letting the car roll. Handbrake failure? Brain failure more like.
gooner

Roadsterstu wrote:
gooner wrote:
Michael wrote:
Congratulations, some achievement!
I am terrible for over-applying handbrakes to the point all my cars have had stretched cables. Thanks to the Ovlovs electric hand brake this seems to be a thing of the past.


Until it fails to engage and the car rolls down a hill! Happened to my customers Passat earlier in the year when he visited us for a meeting and ended up with the front wall of our building having to be rebuilt. I leave my car in gear now!


But the advice has ALWAYS been to leave the car in gear. It's just that people don't. And then they blame a failed hand brake, when the most likely cause is that they didn't apply it properly or the brakes cooled and the pressure on the discs reduced, letting the car roll. Handbrake failure? Brain failure more like.


Ive always left my car in gear but the wife gets annoyed when I do it in her Panda and she jerks forward when she next goes to start it!

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