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Handbrake mot failure

Discussion in 'General chat / Off Topic / Social' started by K3lv, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. K3lv

    K3lv Member

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    Hi folks any of yous know if a weak handbrake is enough to fail an mot ? ...mine failed on a few minor petty things ...licence plate light out and faded letter ...also snapped drop link and little or no effort in near side handbrake....sorted all other problems just not the handbrake and I'm flat out of time have to get the car on the road asap
     
  2. Alex

    Alex I do the jokes. Staff / Moderator VxON Club Member VxON Approved Trader VxON Club Staff

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    Handbrake efficiency is definitely checked.
     
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    Would it be a straight up fail though ?
     
  4. Alex

    Alex I do the jokes. Staff / Moderator VxON Club Member VxON Approved Trader VxON Club Staff

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    If it was below a certain threshold, yes, definitely.
     
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    I would of thought so with it being part of the braking system,it has to work to a certain percentage I believe.and if its already failed then not fixing it will fail it again.----Dave
     
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    It doesn't say on my mot sheet what force just little to no effort nearside..I've adjusted it in car and I can't pull away while handbrake is on
     
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    Alan G H Well-Known Member

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    If your car failed for little or no effort at one wheel, then you are highly unlikely to fix it by adjusting the cable in the car, the problem will be at the wheel shown on the fail sheet.
    What sort of car is it (I assume an Astra G my your profile picture), and is it disc or drum brakes on the wheel that failed?
    In future, get your mot done a month before it expires, you have then got some time to fix it at your convenience if it fails (if you read your certificate it tells you the earliest date you can get the car tested without losing the expiry date).
     
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    Yeah astra g drums on the rear
     
  9. Alan G H

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    Sound like you will have to get the drum off and see whats gone wrong in there. Just be sure to do the other side as well if you have to change the shoes.
     
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    Yeh just ordered set of shoes may order a new cable set while I'm at it cheers for the replies
     

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