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Checking Suspension during MOT

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If a GTV has just passed its MOT with no adviseries, will the suspension check they perform be enough assurance that the bushes and wishbones are in good order?


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Probably, but not necessarily. It is still best to keep an eye on things your self (or get it checked annually). MOT is only looking for unroadworthyness, things can get quite bad in the meanwhile. Mine, for example, has just been MOTed with no advisories with missing bump stops.

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Passing an MOT is not an indication a car is in good condition imho.

I would go for a service with an approved dealer or specialist garage, they will more likely check out the suspension system in more detail and advise neccesary repairs.

You can quickly check the suspension by bouncing it and listening for knocks or creaks. A lot of bounce indicates problem.

It's also fairly easy to get underneath the rear and take a look at the bushes and arms for wear, specifically check the linkage on the subframe for wear, as this can end up the most costly if the frame is damaged.

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wll when i had mine mot'd a few months back, the car went through fine... minus tyres, but when it came to the service a week later i was told that my brakes were getting dangerously low. i asked why that hadnt been pulled up on the mot and they said, all they check is too see if it works... so thats a lesson learnt!! an mot is only good for that day
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on an MOT they will check the condition of the bushes as well as the amount of 'freeplay'

if there are no advisories then that would imply that the tester has not seen anything that warrants attention in the near future, that's not to say however that within the year they could perish or go soft....

Personally, as others have said, i would have an independent have a look specifically are the back suspension and see what they have to say
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I wouldn't take an MOT as anything other than a bit of paper to keep plod off your back; some MOT testers will pass things others fail as there is a lot of room for interpretation in the guidelines (last year one git failed me, chap at the garage up the road passed her straight away, and I had pointed out what aforementioned miserable git had failed her on).

This year went to my new friendly Alfa dealer (Benfield in Newcastle) who did me a free health check before hand; passed with flying colours

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thanks for the replies.

I bought the car having asked Phil at Alfa Craft to look her over. Sure enough, the rear bushes need doing, all else was in good condition.

Couldn't get the owner to budge further on price but I'm happy. I've got one hell of a car and have fulfilled a long held ambition in Alfa GTV ownership. I'll post pics tomorrow.

Thanks to those who have given me advice!

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