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    Default MOT on Tuesday, emissions.

    Got my dreaded mot on tuesday and as this will be the first time since owning i'm not looking forward to it.
    Got to change my show plates back to standards and on the service they picked up on my m-tec sidelight bulbs but i could have a more serious issue.
    Firstly the outer mesh on the flexi had come off at either end so last week i cut it off but noticed a ever so slight blow, thats not a problem as i will get the car over the pit at work tuesday morning to put some exhaust paste on it as a temporary fix. The issue might be the emissions, now when i had the exhaust done at MIJ i got a decat too and just run from the 2 precats (GSi) but when i got a mate to check the emissions on the machine at 2500 rpm he said it was borderline. I'm sure i have read somewhere you can buy something to put in your fuel that will lower the emissions slightly so has anyone any ideas as i can't be without a car now i work 20 miles from where i live with no public transport to get there.

    P.S. Happy new year peoples.

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    Make sure the engine is up at normal running temp, idealy go for a long run and give it a bit of a thrashing before taking it in. I think diesel redex helps to reduce them too.

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    Please don't go putting diesel redex into a GSI as there is the possibility of killing the pre-cats and even worse causing the car to run smokey as there is diesel in diesel additives.

    As said take it out for a good hard run to get the cats up to temperature and you could also add some Cataclean or similar. Good luck mate as mine will be up on Wednesday

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    give it a good blast on the way to the test centre

    mine failed on the side lights i had mtec's in the tester said they wasn't white i had the same bulbs in the number plate but there not covered colour of bulb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Please don't go putting diesel redex into a GSI as there is the possibility of killing the pre-cats and even worse causing the car to run smokey as there is diesel in diesel additives.

    As said take it out for a good hard run to get the cats up to temperature and you could also add some Cataclean or similar. Good luck mate as mine will be up on Wednesday
    Thanks for that John, i'm not that silly to put diesel additive in a petrol car.
    I've found on the net a few places that are Cataclean stockists so shall be going and getting some as i'd rather be safe than sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by yorkshireborn View Post
    give it a good blast on the way to the test centre

    mine failed on the side lights i had mtec's in the tester said they wasn't white i had the same bulbs in the number plate but there not covered colour of bulb.
    It's a bit silly that, taking mine out today as when my Vauxhall dealer serviced the car a few months back they quoted £25 to change the bulbs. Taking it back there as i've got a free mot with them.

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    Oops, for some reason I presumed you had a diesel

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    Yeah get it really hot and if its still boarderline take the air filter out too as that helps a bit.

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    If its boarderline ...they usually pass it,on my last one it was and he just added that their machine was playing up a bit and passed it
    But as said dave get it nicely warmed up first ....good luck and hopeful;ly see you Sunday .

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    Right can't do much more now but pray (i'm not religious), standard numberplates back on, m-tec's removed, all fluids checked, tyres and pressures checked, all lights checked.
    Only thing left to do is to put the Cataclean i bought this morning in the fuel tank and then put some exhaust paste on the end of the flexi to stop the slight blow.

    Fingers crossed.

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    Good luck mate , fingers crossed it passes.

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