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    Default MOT failure for both front coil spring fractures

    Hi guys. My car failed its MOT yesterday for 3 things.

    1) Nearside front coil spring fractured (2.4.C.1a)
    2) Offside front coil spring fractured (2.4.C.1a)
    3) Offside (dipped beam) headlamp excessively deteriorated so that the light output is severely reduced (1.7.5a)

    I paid £50 for the MOT and have ordered some new springs for £25 each, so have already forked out £100. How easy would it be to replace the springs myself and do I need any special tools (apart from spring compressors, I'm aware about them)

    Also, any ideas about the headlamp issue??? I did change this bulb about 3 months ago as the original blew. I put in a spare one from my brother's Vectra. Could it simply need alighning????? I have a 2006 plate Vectra SRi 2.2

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    If I remember right you'll need an appropriate sized torx key and a spark plug socket (so you can get a spanner on it whilst passing torx key through it. These are needed to get top mount off.

    How to: http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=75170

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    Easy enough to do just be very careful with using the spring compressors - no need to use them until the suspension leg is off the car - making sure you compress each side of the spring equally a bit at a time - wear protective gloves and eye protection. a mate of mine compressed his spring and it snapped again sending a razor sharp splinter flying out that stuck in his cheek an inch below his eye.
    In respect of your headlight are they referring to the bulb or the has the reflector itself corroded - or could even be referring to the headlight cover gone hazy. You should have asked the tester what the problem is. At the garage I use the mechanic there knows I do my own repairs and will show me exactly what the problem is - sometimes the fail item shown on the fail sheet can be a bit misleading.

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    if its a vectra the top shocker nut should be 21mm , and i used a pair of mogrips to hold the silver shaft of the shocker while i undid the top bolt , but do compress the spring while doing this, but i didnt find it difficult to change.

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    correct me if im wrong but aint a fracture a hair line crack? how the hell did he see that ?

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    true mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    Easy enough to do just be very careful with using the spring compressors - no need to use them until the suspension leg is off the car - making sure you compress each side of the spring equally a bit at a time - wear protective gloves and eye protection. a mate of mine compressed his spring and it snapped again sending a razor sharp splinter flying out that stuck in his cheek an inch below his eye.
    In respect of your headlight are they referring to the bulb or the has the reflector itself corroded - or could even be referring to the headlight cover gone hazy. You should have asked the tester what the problem is. At the garage I use the mechanic there knows I do my own repairs and will show me exactly what the problem is - sometimes the fail item shown on the fail sheet can be a bit misleading.
    I have had a mechanic at my place of work look at my headlamp unit and he said it looks perfectly fine. No cracks, no haze and all the chrome inside the unit looks fine, nothing looks to of corroded looking in from the outside. He said it still looks as good as new!! I told the MOT guy that I did change this bulb myself and straight away he said this could be why. It possibly isn't fitted in correct although I re-checked the fitment today and its snug, no movement and clipped in where it should be. Driving the car tonight I did notice the offside beam was pointing really low, so I'm getting the alignment checked and if that doesn't solve it then a new bulb will be fitted by them rather than me.
    As for the springs, I recieved both front coils today so will be fitting them asap as I would rather not have them totally snap on me whilst driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G4GAV View Post
    correct me if im wrong but aint a fracture a hair line crack? how the hell did he see that ?
    no mate a fracture can be all the way through (break)

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    Well, headlight issue all sorted. I simply had the bulb incorrectly fitted in. My local garage fitted it properly with no charge . So now it will pass the MOT no probs for the light. Car going back in garage tomorrow to get front springs replaced for £50 + VAT, not too bad. I couldn't get the correct tools in time and knew no-one with them. Once springs are fitted should get the MOT pass.

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