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Prepping for the first MOT

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by SamDude, May 22, 2007.

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    [May 22, 2007]
    All,

    Car goes for its first MOT tomorrow - is there anything I can/should do (apart from pray) to help it along?

    How long should I give it a 'warm up' blast for and at what speed?
    (50/70mph for 20 minutes?)

    Anything else?

    Thankos
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    [May 22, 2007]
    Check the 'obvious' stuff: make sure all bulbs are working, including the number plate light, check the plates aren't cracked or in any other way illegal, check for any big cracks/stone chips on the windscreen, check for wear/cuts on the tyres, check the seat belts all work correctly. As for warming it up, a 20 minute blast along some A-roads should do the trick. When I took my Land Rover in, thats all I did, and we couldn't even see any smoke coming out of the exhaust! Lots of hard accelerations is what you need, not a constant high speed drive, unless you do it in 2nd/3rd gear ;)
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    [May 22, 2007]
    Thanks - I changed the rear tail light bulb today. Just for reference - the Halfords code for the tail light bulb is wrong. Had to go back to change it for the right one.

    Changing any rear bulb on the A3 = Arrrrghhh. Had to take out the entire light cluster, rather than popping out the bulb from behind like other cars...

    Also changed one wiper (see my wiper thread).

    A good blast should see it pass first time.
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    [May 23, 2007]
    Failed!

    Rear nearside tyre below the limit (apparently).

    I've ordered a couple of Dunlop 9090's and getting them fitted and then back to the MOT place for a retest...
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