Well my tax and MOT expired in Feb and the car has been standing since mid Jan. outside my house. A recent fine for the tax and the imminent BIAMF has kicked me into gear.
Firstly my daily drive ( WRX Wagon) has just cost me four tyres and pads all round for the MOT on Monday. so took the Alfa in today to find if it was worth sorting.
MOT List as follows
offside front arb joint cover deteriorated
offside front arb excessive play
nearside inner cv gaiter
nearside outer cv gaiter
offside inner cv gaiter
Airbag light - been on for 3 years but now an MOT issue
Front tyre below minimum
nearside track rod end excessive play
a small weld needed near to underside of front passenger footwell (fail as close to steering mounting)
nearside rear brake hose twisted ( apparently the caliper took a full 360 last time it was off for pads.
nearside and off side steering rack gaiter.
and the big question emissions fail!!!!!!!!!!
Emissions test result was as follows:
CO: limit < 0.30% -- actual 0.53% FAIL
HC: limit <200ppm -- actual 75ppm PASS
Lamda: limit 0.970 to 1.030 -- actual 1.020 PASS
The tester said it was barely a fail but when the fans kicked in the second result was worse. Told them it has been standing for best part of 3 months. told me to top the coolent up as it was low and top the oil and give it a good run and should be ok. i think there could be a leak in the exhaust near the flexi, would this or what else would give this result??
all in all not as bad as last year, seems that the rough weather and the sitting for long periods of time have perished all the rubbers. a few hours in the garage next week to sort the front suspension and a small weld but am wondering about the emissions
I have decided its worth doing but now have noticed that the lacquer on the bonnet has lifted on my 18 month paint job and will need sorting and there is a little bubbling ahead of the rear wheel that will need sorting and a drivers bolster and a noisey clutch due to thrust bearing..... you get the picture. am looking at selling this year too!!!!!