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    Well i have just booked my car in for its first MOT and 3rd service. The ca has only done 33,000 miles - nothing for a diesel.

    The only thing i'm worrying about is my HIDs. I spoke to Vauxhall and they have told me as long as the beam pattern is correct, it isn't too blue and the level is correct it shouldn't be a problem. Fingers crossed for me lads, want the bills to be as low as possible so i can carry on saving up to buy an exhaust and remap.

    How has other cars coped through MOT with HIDs? MIne is a 35w 6k kit from HID Direct.

    tomorrow will be a long day !!

    Cheers in advance

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    Good luck dude! Im sure it will fly through!!

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    loads of us have had cars go through with HID's fitted with no issues mate, myself included. As you say, as long as they're pointing the right way then they'll be fine. Us vectra owners are lucky in that all our lights have the ellipsoidal (!) lense on them, when is the same as the factory fit Xenons have. If they were reflector lights, like most cars, then it would be a different story...

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    as an MOT tester i can tell you that its fine for MOT, as said aslong as the aims are ok its all good, afterall "real" xenons pass! even the bluest of blue lights acually show up as white on the beam tester, dont worry buddy it will fly through, but if you dont give it throttle much then give it some heavy foot driving before the MOT to clear it out for the diesel emissons test

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    mine has passed twice with hids mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra3.2dave View Post
    as an MOT tester i can tell you that its fine for MOT, as said aslong as the aims are ok its all good, afterall "real" xenons pass! even the bluest of blue lights acually show up as white on the beam tester, dont worry buddy it will fly through, but if you dont give it throttle much then give it some heavy foot driving before the MOT to clear it out for the diesel emissons test
    I have a feeling that the diesel emmissions test will pass with flying colours

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    say no more LOL, no but seriously the later vectras seem to be ok MOT wise apart from normal things such as tyres, brakes etc etc but they do tend to eat coil springs

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra3.2dave View Post
    as an MOT tester i can tell you that its fine for MOT, as said aslong as the aims are ok its all good, afterall "real" xenons pass! even the bluest of blue lights acually show up as white on the beam tester, dont worry buddy it will fly through, but if you dont give it throttle much then give it some heavy foot driving before the MOT to clear it out for the diesel emissons test
    Hi Dave a slight variation but still on the theme of MOT testing...what's the testers view on handbrake performance....mine had the recall done 18 months ago and changed the rear pads about 1 year ago, but every now and again the handbrake travels right up to the stop and barely holds the car as if the self adjustment mechanism slackens off a bit.

    7 times out of 10 it's fine...full on after a few clicks..I've posted my experience with the handbrake on here a few time, but short of changing the rear pads, handbrake cable, complete handbrake assembly (its a complete replacement I understand) no other solution offered.

    We all know Vxls advice about 'properly' applying the hand brake ie apply the footbrake at the same time...but I can't do that for the MOT..can I
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    It's a 55 reg Facelift Club Hatch...now 38K miles..MOT pass last year handbrake worked oK at time of MOT...MOT due again this month...

    What's your experience with this problem on Vectra C's at MOT time...any comments will be appreciated...(by me & others I'm sure)

    Cheers

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    The handbrake lever must have resedrve travel when the handbrake is applied. So if you apply the handbrake and it goes right up to the top to the stop, then there is no reserve travel and it will fail. with the lever applied, it should not disengage when tapped on the top (testing for pawl condition), or side on. The handbrake performance on the brake rollers tests that the handbrake has a combined efficiency of at least 16% of the total kerb weight of the vehicle for class 5 and 16% of GVW for class 7. It can fail for low effort on one side even if the other side takes the reading over the 16%. If both wheels lock up but the efficiency is less than 16% on the rollers, then the tester will pass it as you cant get any better than a locked brake. HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    The handbrake lever must have resedrve travel when the handbrake is applied. So if you apply the handbrake and it goes right up to the top to the stop, then there is no reserve travel and it will fail. with the lever applied, it should not disengage when tapped on the top (testing for pawl condition), or side on. The handbrake performance on the brake rollers tests that the handbrake has a combined efficiency of at least 16% of the total kerb weight of the vehicle for class 5 and 16% of GVW for class 7. It can fail for low effort on one side even if the other side takes the reading over the 16%. If both wheels lock up but the efficiency is less than 16% on the rollers, then the tester will pass it as you cant get any better than a locked brake. HTH
    Hi Gary...thank....I note your comments on reserved travel which I understand ie it's on properly somewhere between fully off and the stop at the end of travel, preferable in the first half of the travel arc after just a few clicks as mentioned before. This gives half to three quarters of 'reserved travel' on the travel arc advised which happens 7 or 8 times out of 10..which suggests it's working properly and would pass the MOT handbrake test all other criterior being met, but something is happening randomly 2 or 3 times out of 10 applications where it travels the full arc and so would fail the MOT handbrake test on no reserved travel..as if the self adjustment mechanism is slipping for some reason.. I posted pictures of what I found underneath the centre console trim panels and asked for comments but little of no response, if it were a slack/stretched cable of the other suggestions surely it have no reserved travel every time it was applied wouldn't it???

    The pictures showed the auto adjustment mechanism and even using the Hayne manual as a guide to 'reset' the auto adjustment mechanism it didn't solve the problem..I'm completely baffled by it...your further comment would be appreciated....cheers

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