sooooo, the MOT didn't go entirely to plan! Garage failed her on the track rod end (so least I know what the noise was now and was expecting that anyways) but the bastids also failed on what they classed as a major fault! Effing exhaust heat shield???? They even put "dangerous, do not drive. Risk of fire!" on the mot. Apparently its the one round the fuel tank.....only its still there! There looks to be probably about 4 inches of shield that has rusted away if anything, but it has probably been like that for years.Didnt even get as much as an advisory before so was pretty pissed off with the tester tbh. Also failed on binding front caliper n/s/f and handbrake didn't meet requirements.
Then there was the advisories.........brake discs worn pitted or scored! The rears are brand bloody new, and the fronts are in decent shape! Honestly went apeshit at the garage as they wouldn't even entertain fixing anything they'd failed it on!
Took her straight to another wee independant garage to see if they could book her in, and the guy (who was into his cars) looked at the fail slip and laughed. Said they wouldn't have failed it on the heat shield, and as for the discs, he agreed there was nothing wrong with them.
So she's been sitting in the garage since November as I was so pee'd off with it all. It wasn't a huge list of fails, just some of the things they'd failed/advised on thats now stuck on her mot history forever. Anyhoo, decided I need to get my finger out and do something about it. So, brand new caliper on the front along with new pads. Handbrake I thought was just a quick adjust (uh-uh, wrong!). The handbrake cable where the adjuster is at the handbrake was squint, drivers side all pulled up and pass side hardly any. So siezed rear caliper then. Turned out, the garage I had used to fit the rear discs when I couldnt get the caliper/carrier braacket bolts out had reused the same chewed up bolts. Again, effing raging, because when I finally got them out, the sliders were seized solid as they'd fired it all back together without even any grease on the sliders! Effing cowboys! So new slider kit and replaced the bolts with new, job done. Then got a bit of heatshield that I had lying about and cut it to shape size and fitted it. I then drilled new holes to attach the n/s/r abs sensor cable back onto the car as I'd put it on temp with cable ties while I serched for the previous abs fault. So thats ll looking nice and secure now.
Just need to book her into another garage for an mot now and get them to do the track rod end. Would do it this week but I've had a slight accident in the garage! Faith had an accident with her new (to her) 2015 Toyota Aygo, so Ive got to replace the front bumper, o/s/f wing, o/s/f headlight, fog light, drl etc. Started on it last night and got the mangled wing off, then was at the workbench showing Faith (she was helping me) how to get a stuck bolt out of a socket. Turned to her to get the bolt, and she screamed! What I didnt see was the bloody vice falling off the workbench! And landed right on my foot!!! Still in agony, toes are swollen to around twice their normal size, masive bruising etc. gayle thinks Its probably broken my toes but I aint going to sit in A+E for 6 hours to be told they cant do anything. So painkillers it is until it heals. Out of action for working on cars/driving for now.