Hi all, new round here & hoping I could get some advice.
I have an X reg Audi A3 SE 1.6 which I believe is the facelift edition and to cut a long story short it’s just failed an MOT and I need a few answers, I’ve searched the forums but not found nothing concrete to my questions so any help would be much appreciated.
Here’s the list of failed items written exactly how they are on the test certificate:
I took the car to a MOT garage I’ve not used before as it was more for convenience if anything but I’m starting to regret it now as I feel they’re trying to pull a fast one. I’ve only had the car for a year now but it was owned by a good friend before so I know it’s history & that it had flown through the MOT the last couple of years.BAL+ALIGN
Headlamp aim low
Nearside headlamp adjuster broken
Headlamp aim incorrect
Offside headlamp has a product on the lense so that the light output is severely reduced
Centre stop lamp has less than 50% of the light sources illuminating
Anti lock braking system warning lamp indicates an abs fault
So to start the headlamp adjuster is broken, I for one think this was done by the garage themselves I’ve since found out they have a bit of a reputation but I’ve got no way of proving it, I usually take pictures of the engine bay etc before a MOT but on this occasion I totally forgot. As you can see from the picture it’s totally missing, is there anywhere I can buy this part on its own/have a part number?
Then the second thing is “Product on the lense” which conveniently is the other head light. I will say I have noticed the lights have gone ever so slightly yellow and from what I can tell in the forums it’s a common problem but I really don’t think this is that bad on my car, I have another friend with an Audi A3 and has just got another years MOT on his car and they are a lot worse than mine. Have a look at the pictures below and let me know what you think.
and to top it off the MOT garage want to charge me £166 per headlight fitted (REALLY?). Anyway I can if worse comes to worse and I can't get the adjuster or am not able to clean the headlights get them new for about £73 per head lamp from Euro car parts but then comes the fitting. From what I've read around the forums I have to remove the bumper and possibly the wheels? Can anyone confirm of this is the case on the facelift model or is it just the bumper? If so can someone push me in the direction on how to remove it thanks.
Anyway next up is the third break light I wasn't even aware this was a percentage requirement, anyhow I'm assuming this isn't a big job but any info would be great though, do I replace the LEDS, the whole unit or can I simply just disconnect the light altogether?
Next is the ABS light coming on & off. To cut this story short the previous dash in the car completely died on the previous owner (my friend) and he had to replace it with one he bought from the scrap yard, turns out this one is also on it's way out, the rev counter doesn't work & the led's/lights look light the are starting to fail.
I have noticed that on the very odd occasion the ESP & ABS lights light up randomly and a simple turning on & off of the engine make them disappear, lucky for me the MOT tester has managed to activate the light during testing equalling a fail. I'm almost certain there is not actually a problem with the ABS as it was recently serviced and checked over so I've always put this down to the dash slowly dying but it could well be a bit of crap in a sensor on the wheel. I have a friend who can 'delete the error code' so it doesn't show but will show for the initial start of the engine to pass the MOT but to be honest I haven't a clue what this involves exactly nor whether I should do it or not
Sorry for the long winded post just after a bit of advice really so any help would be appreciated.