Service & Maintenance So my car failed its MOT, but here's why....

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by Chrispy, Friday 12th Dec, 2014.

  1. Chrispy Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hey all,

    Just thought I'd share this with you, looks like I've finally sorted something out but it was only discovered by the MOT,

    I've been suffering with a shaking steering wheel for some time now, I've had new wheel and decent tyres balance professionally, laser tracking, new wheel bearings, new lower suspension bushes, drive shafts checked for slack or play, but of all things my car failed its MOT yesterday on a single front lower load ball joint.

    The engineer was actually able to guess that I parked on the left kerb as it was the lower right ball joint that had play in it, he also stated how it was odd how there was absolutely no play in the wheel itself but the ball joint was able to move freely in the socket about 1cm.

    For over a year I've been troubleshooting heavy steering, with a shaky steering wheel at around 70 mph (oddly when the car was going downhill (under load) this issue didn't exist)

    So I just thought I'd let you know that the ball joint should be tested directly as opposed to the usual wheel left to right up to down check which most garages do only.

    Whats even more peculiar is I had two lower ball joints in the boot of my car, and throughout last year, so I actually had the part new, all along whilst I was having issues. It was staring me right in the face all this time.

    Even the garage thought it was a bit odd, I explained I bought the pair of ball joints with the lower wishbone kit which at the time of fitting around May this year, the garage (different garage) said the ball joints were fine and the wheel bearing had to be replaced in order to fit them, however the different MOT garage said the bearing could stay where it was, there was no need to replace it and they might of been trying to get some extra cash out of me, and as a result of this I decided not to have the ball joints replaced (which perhaps looking back I should of done)

    So there you go...if you've had dodgy steering, a bit heavy, shaking steering wheel, check the ball joints! DIRECTLY! :Smile:

    Happy Motoring all :Wink:
     
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  2. Old Cruiser Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Good heads up there mate and glad you finally got it sorted, I'm sure that will help some if they've got this issue.
    Cheers Pete
     
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  3. Chrispy Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I think a lot of people get used to their car, and unless its really abnormal, you'd just presume it was fine, if you ever get the opportunity to drive the same car, give it a go!, see how it feels and compare it to your own, that would probably identify any discrepancies :Smile:
     
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  4. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    I'm please you've finally found what's wrong and that you've shared that finding with everyone.
    Here's to a future of smooth driving. :Niceone:
     
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  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    You would find Honda MOT testers aka NC will check the balls joints as they are familiar with the cars, jo blogs will use other methods. At times its best to send a car to the car specialist to get the symptoms properly diagnosed.

    I always go to a Dealer is any fault is found they have the part there and then to fix it , if not I am always provided with a courtesy car so I am back on the road.It's not rocket science,half of the time the Honda dealer MOT cost are cheaper than your independents.
     
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  6. Chrispy Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    All in all it actually only set me back £88 which for an MOT and the replaced ball joint wasn't that bad going, couldn't of been happier, its the fact I didn't actually expect much wrong with it, I always try any maintain my car regardless of cost, decent parts, you know matching tyres on all four corners, none of this mismatching!!
     
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