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Old 12.07.2020, 11:27
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Yes, adjustments. There was a differential between left and right which was fixed but the stroke of the handbrake was the issue. He explained that the vehicle should stop after 3 "clicks". Mine was still too long.
I don't know what's wrong for the headlights adkustment. The hose was "changed" because the 1st visit said it was damaged. I had the new part sealed, in my hand, but apparently it did not end up on my car... and as for the rust, the first visit mentionned the discs, now i'm not sure.
There is clearly a communication issue. The technicians at the STVA just tick boxes and do not explain more than that. I have my car fixed in the french part because most garages are close during weekends and I work in the french part. Now I have 14 days to bring it back, but i'm lucky, i'm going abroad for 14 day so I can't complain to the garage.
And for background, I have done mechanics training and fixed many cars. The 2 garages told me that the car is perfectly fine and that they see cars in much worse condition pass the test. It's quite obvious that the test is not 100% objective and I'm completely fine with it. I was just wondering if there was a change in their politics. I have friends working in traffic management and they are quite clear that their priority is not to make traffic as smooth as possible but make drivers' lifes difficult to discourage driving. Environmentalists (and dealers) are also very happy to have you replace your old car.
Get the garage to take the car for the retest,
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Get the garage to take the car for the retest,
That's the best advice. Also, if married, have your wife take the car in next time. If the inspector is having a bad day, they will still fail it but be less of a dick about it. The last time, our car failed for a little bit of oil that was on some part of the engine. Stopped by the garage and left it with him. Got the car back the next day with the MFK stamp and the oil still on the engine (the inspector used to be on the same curling team as my mechanic) . The whole system is a scam but I have other things to worry about.
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Old 13.07.2020, 09:36
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Get the garage to take the car for the retest,
This, def this!! one of our cars failed because the high temp silicon sealant was orange!!! the garage just scraped it off and replaced it with black and it passed !?!?!!??!?!?!
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This, def this!! one of our cars failed because the high temp silicon sealant was orange!!! the garage just scraped it off and replaced it with black and it passed !?!?!!??!?!?!
Probably a Trump hater.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

I've got a related question as well. I've heard that, in general, any car modifications are not welcome around here, but was wondering what about ones that are not really visible, eg. an ECU remap or a new downpipe. I doubt they are checking the power of the engine as a part of an MFK check, right?
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Old 08.11.2020, 22:25
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I've got a related question as well. I've heard that, in general, any car modifications are not welcome around here, but was wondering what about ones that are not really visible, eg. an ECU remap or a new downpipe. I doubt they are checking the power of the engine as a part of an MFK check, right?
The question with both of those would be whether it affects the emissions negatively, which could be a fail.
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I've got a related question as well. I've heard that, in general, any car modifications are not welcome around here, but was wondering what about ones that are not really visible, eg. an ECU remap or a new downpipe. I doubt they are checking the power of the engine as a part of an MFK check, right?

Right. If it looks standard then you'll have no problems. I think you could have a different engine in and no-one would notice.

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I've got a related question as well. I've heard that, in general, any car modifications are not welcome around here, but was wondering what about ones that are not really visible, eg. an ECU remap or a new downpipe. I doubt they are checking the power of the engine as a part of an MFK check, right?
Downpipes are visible, and smell-able since in all modern cars pre-cats are getting removed.

Definitely a no-go.

ECU re-maps nobody can see, only real problem is warranty validity
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The question with both of those would be whether it affects the emissions negatively, which could be a fail.
They don't check the emissions.
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They don't check the emissions.
They don't personally check them, but you have to take along the results of an emissions check done by a garage (at least I did).
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They don't personally check them, but you have to take along the results of an emissions check done by a garage (at least I did).
Not on any car after about 2002
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Thanks, folks! That's what I've assumed then.
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Not on any car after about 2002
My mistake - it was not for the MFK but rather the initial grey card switch from being UK registered. Had to provide the type approval and also an emissions check, 2006 registered car.
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Right. If it looks standard then you'll have no problems. I think you could have a different engine in and no-one would notice.
In fact I doubt it, as I've noticed before that they go around checking that the VIN codes match, and that would include the one on the engine. Whether it's the correct type of engine or not, it would need to be recorded on the grey card anyway.

Engine mappings, yes, they won't be detected, and even after-market plug-in chips are not commented on, although TBF I usually (but have forgotten on at least one occasion) remove/disconnect them for a test, but all the wiring, sockets etc. are clearly visible.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Iíve just got back from my test, and apart from an argument about the winter wheels not being standard, which theyíre official manufacturer spares, the only other thing my car Ďfailedí on is a fog light being too low.
Now in the car, there is no way to adjust the fog lights angle. It canít be the brightness, as theyíre both the same, and actually not listed. The left hand side is fine, the right isnít. This is the only thing listed on the report. If it canít be changed, what does one do? None of my friends and coworkers have heard of this issue before
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Iíve just got back from my test, and apart from an argument about the winter wheels not being standard, which theyíre official manufacturer spares, the only other thing my car Ďfailedí on is a fog light being too low.
Now in the car, there is no way to adjust the fog lights angle. It canít be the brightness, as theyíre both the same, and actually not listed. The left hand side is fine, the right isnít. This is the only thing listed on the report. If it canít be changed, what does one do? None of my friends and coworkers have heard of this issue before
Go to the garage and ask them to adjust.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

There's no way to adjust fog lights so you have to inflate the tyre on the low side until they're both at the correct angle.
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There's usually an adjustment screw somewhere around the lamp. You might need to unclip a cover to find it.


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