Took the tonk (1997 4trak) in for its MOT and passed with a couple of advices.
Now, to tell a little more of the story, the old boy who does my MOTs is a one-man band out in the countryside. We spend more time yarning about shooting than doing MOTs, so the test took 2 1/2 hours (God knows how the guy makes any money !) No great probs so far as I'm concerned, especially as he lets me in the workshop and I work the lights an do other odds and sods as the test progresses.
Now, the weird thing is that the emission test two years ago was 2.2 units, the previous year an amazing 1.1 units and this year 2.7 units (just passed). In that time the vehicle has done 8000 miles (now has 140000 on the clock). My routine for prep for the test is the same with a half bottle of injector cleaner in about the last 2 gallons in the tank and a 20 mile run before the test, so why such a huge difference in the numbers I suspect that the test is rather more unrepeatable than our Lords and Masters in Government would have us believe.
Next thing .... headlamp alignment. I'm forever getting grief on it being too low, even though I'm illuminating the rear view mirrors of cars in front of me when following in town. Out of courtesy I drop the load leveller a notch permanently, except when I forget for the MOT.
My MOT man sometimes has some strange ideas about science and these creep across into his opinions on the test. The enigma variation this time was that the scuffing on the inside edge of the rear tyres was due to the rear shocks not damping sufficiently and allowing the back axle to bounce which caused the scuffing, despite the shocks not leaking, or the back end of the vehicle not behaving like an American lurch and wallow limousine when the towbar is stood on.
And finally, despite the rear wheels locking up progressively on the handbrake test, he reckons that the service brake only just passes the MOT at 73% efficient. The prognostication here is that the rear drums are full of dust .... WRONG .... I had them apart a week ago. There's 3.5mm left on the shoes, there's no grease on them, the drums are perfect if a little worn, the brake slave cylinder is free and full movement as are the handbrake and cables and the auto adjusters are working freely. Yes, and I stomped on the brakes a few times to get them adjusted up too.
OK, have I missed something, or am I slowly going bonkers?