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#1 twisted_pr

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

Not sure if this is more of a general chit chat topic, but as it relates to advice on getting through the MOT, did anyone see the Honest John MOT survey results?  http://good-garage-g....honestjohn.co. ... alfa-romeo

I find it staggering that lighting issues, often the most easy to identify and rectify are the most common cause of failure across all makes and models.  :confused:  I guess this will only go up in light of (no pun intended) the new HID regs, unless testers take the attitude of  "the luminosity, aim and pattern etc were fine and I couldn't see any ballasts, so how could I tell?"  :whistle:

Anyway, reason for posting in this section is that my Dad's 147 is going for its long overdue MOT shortly (once the Sele issue is sorted).  As I'm new to Alfas, is there anything specific to look out for when doing a pre-check on a 147 (especially one that's been stood for a year)?

Using the vast experience of the AD forum members, perhaps a model specific checklist could be compiled (at some point, as I know time and resources are an issue)?

Thanks.

#2 LJ_GQV

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:06 PM

My old 147 failed on some suspension parts, cant remember exactly what they were now but think it was the wishbones or droplinks :)

#3 Anjenha

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:17 PM

Brakes for the Spider, top of the list here anyway.

I've never failed an MoT as I'm lucky enough to live with a mechanic...

I can ubderstand the brake issue, the handbrake is known for being shocking... But I've never had a problem. In fact I've found no recurring issue that sticks out...
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

1.5% for structure, now I think that's the rust issues gotten on top of, lighting issues, well if there are that many bulbs blown/aiming out and that's the worst % then clearly the cars are surviving better than the reputation.
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#5 Daffo

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:26 PM

Bastard (The vehicle formerly known as Alfie or Bella) has its MOT on the 11th.
I'm not anticipating good news... Just a feeling...
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#6 Smaky

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:33 PM

2002 156 Jts, pass no advisories
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#7 Anjenha

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

Aphrodite passed her last MOT with no glitches... Guess I'm just special :D
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#8 Clem Fandango

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:08 AM

Gtv now has a new MOT.
Advisories on rear tires near legal limit but knew that any way.
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#9 Smaky

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:03 AM

Possibly the most annoying advisory you could get...after all they are either legal OR not.
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#10 Clem Fandango

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:19 AM

I know and considering I only do about 5000 miles a year there's probably 6 to 8 months before they need changing legally.
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#11 Devious

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:58 PM

Flew through with not one issue. Thanks for posting the Testers Guide Smaky :thumbs:
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#12 K9d

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

My 156 failed on CV boot, leaking rear calliper and upper wishbone N/S.
The wishbone was changed last year, so was replaced FOC.

All done now any legal for another year.

Hard to believe people fail on blown bulbs, they're so easy to check.

#13 twisted_pr

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

Despite having been stood for nearly 2yrs all the 147 needed was a pre-MOT Selespeed pump refurb (thanks to Smaky for the excellent guide), plus the scenic route to the MOT station (so I could clean up the brake discs etc) and she passed.  Bought her off my Dad, drove 200+ miles home and was presented with a load of engine sensor errors - that was lucky timing!  Going in for a cam belt change on Friday so will get errors seen to then.

#14 Smaky

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

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#15 twisted_pr

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

Thanks Smaky.  Thought it was odd that 4 sensors would go at the same time (Lambda, Water Temp, Crankshaft & RPM), had a look/tighten, cleared errors and now it's just the Crank & RPM that keep coming up (no matter how many times they're cleared in FES).  Dropped it off at Alfa Workshop today for the cam belt, so they're going to have a look at the errors at the same time.  Expecting to need two new sensors.

#16 Smaky

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

Er....that's the same sensor.
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#17 twisted_pr

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Erm, oops, yes.  Yes it is. :$
Sorry, meant CAMshaft sensor.  Both cam and crank sensors replaced and all behaving well. :thumbs:

#18 smiffy

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

GTA passed its mot with 1 advisory
Rear tyres scrubbed on the inside
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#19 Smaky

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

Pretty normal them
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#20 Anjenha

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:37 PM

Flew through on Monday,

Not before having the front lower arms replaced, new brakes, and new tyres (Due to aforementioned arms) and tracking done.

Mechanic/hubby also tells me I need to replace the radiator and possibly the lambda (Intermittent 'flat' spots). All fine as I have both from poor Charlotte.

Oh! One verbal advisory on rear drivers tyre/wheel... but nothing in writing

Edited by Anjenha, 22 May 2013 - 12:38 PM.

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