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MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

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MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

My Leon has this week decided that it doesn't want to open the osr door. It is due for an MOT next week and I need to know if it will fail on that.
From searching it is a common VAG issue and will need to replace the module after removing the door panel from the inside. Bit of a PITA to do as the door will not open.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

I have never seen that on the list of things they check for a MOT, it might depend on which garage you take it to for the test.
A main dealership or similar might  fail it on the grounds of safety,ie if a passenger in the rear seat was unable to get out following an accident, even if they did not fail it they may record it as a item requiring attention so if you did have an accident and it was not repaired the insurance company might not pay out.
Some of the smaller garages doing MOT's might overlook it.
Hub caps are not a MOT't failure but a note was made on swmbo MOT form that one was damaged.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Have a look here - particularly 2.8
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-parts-checked-at-an-mot/car-parts-checked-at-an-mot
Not looking good, I'm afraid...
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

the mantra appears to be "if fitted, must work"
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Ahh well will just have to see how much it is to fix it. Can't get a part in time to fit it before Monday. That and I am not sure how to attack the door without making more issues.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Typically cut through the door card and then replace that along with any internal mechanism.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Didn't really want to hack the door card, will see how much KF are going to charge me to replace it.
Checked ebay and the mechanism is cheap <£20/
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

If you measn KwikFit they won't replace the door card (not to my knowledge anyway). They normally only deal with brakes suspension exhausts, tyres and tracking.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Does this site: http://www.partscats.info/seat/en/?i=cat_vag_models&brand=se&number=130&set=143&ein=2011&f=703&haupt... help at all in identifying the location of the item (also good for part numbers).
GSF are usually quite good (OK prices) for VAG parts (though with the exact part number a thorough internet search is possible)
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Yes they are doing the mot on Monday. If they can't wont fix it then I will have to hack it myself.
Nice site, problem is there is 2 different models listed for same year. Looks like I have to remove the central locking cable to find out which, on ebay they cheap ones have 6 wires the expensive ones 2.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

i'd be surprised if KW offer to fix the door, it's not something in their product range.
however, expect the MOT to fail on things that they do offer in-store though (exhaust, brakes, tires etc).
best way to do things is to take to a place for the MOT and tell them that you are using them for the MOT only and any repairs will be done elsewhere.
that means there is no incentive for them to fail the MOT on the basis that they get the extra work.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

The best place to get your car MoT'd is through the Council. Yes, I said council, as councils have to maintain their own fleet they normally do their own MoTs and some of these sites are open to the public. The good thing is, as they don't do repairs they have no interest in profit from potential repairs or fails, so won't 'make things up'!
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

But that means nothing if they're one of those con garages that then try the "It's illegal for us to release an unsafe car to you - you'll have to let us repair it" scam.
Best to take it to an MOT only station instead who's only business is MOT testing. Thats what we do and surprisingly they have no interest in failing the car unless it's something serious.
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

What means nothing? I've just said the same as your last sentence, but I'm suggesting the local council, or have I missed something?
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Re: MOT - is a non opening door a fail?

Sadly it is booked in there and I can't unbook it without loosing ££'s.
So it will have to be there.
The disks/pads are all new, the tyres are ok, the exhaust is whole no leaks.