Hi guys n girls.
It didn't start well when the MOT tester remarked "oh god it's an Alfa...."
I've just taken my beloved 156 Sportwagon for an MOT which it absolutely flew through (shock horror) apart from one item.
Kwik Fit failed it on the Steering Column Adjustment Lock.
Apparently "it will not lock the steering column in place".
I queried this with the tester as I wanted to know what exactly the problem was. He told me that the little bar under the steering column would not lock the column into any given position without there being excessive travel or movment. When I asked him to show me he refused, so I got into the car, undid the lockbar, moved the column to a random position and re locked it.
Then I tried to move the column, first up, down, left and right; nothing.
Then I tried to pull the steering wheel towards me; it moved less than a quarter inch, if that.
I then pushed against the wheel and the same thing, less than a quarter inch.
I should point out that I am 6'2" tall and weight more than 200lbs, am an ex soldier and American Footballer. In short I'm no weakling, but in order to get the above movement I had to force the steering wheel so much that I moved the back of the drivers seat more than 6 inches away from the column and on pulling I had to brace against the door hinge pillar!
As asked how this test was done as the tester himself couldn't move the column. They informed me that it was done not by the tester himself but by a computerisd system that decided it had failed!?
I've taken it to 3 other garages who have all said it's fine and there is no movement unless you use excessive force which actually may break other parts (such as the seat ) in the process.
Has anyone else come across this with either Kwik Fit or another garage?
Is this a problem that other owners may have?
Has anyone else had this 'failure'?
What the hell is this system they are using and how can it move something others can't?
All these answers and more on the same bat channel, same bat time