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Hi All,

Here is the list of advisories for my much loved 1999 2.5 102hp SWB T4:

  • Nearside Front Child Seat fitted not allowing full inspection of adult belt ()
  • Items removed from driver's view prior to test ()
  • Nearside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
  • Offside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
  • Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material Front to rear (1.1.11 (c))
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive (5.3.6 (a) (i))
  • Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive (5.3.6 (a) (i))
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive Shock mounting upper (5.3.6 (a) (i))
  • Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive Shock mounting upper (5.3.6 (a) (i))
  • Nearside Rear Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
  • Offside Rear Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
  • Front Brake disc worn, but not excessively (1.1.14 (a) (i))
  • Nearside Rear Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened evidence of brake over heating (1.1.14 (a) (ii))
  • Rear Vehicle structure is corroded but structural rigidity is not significantly reduced (6.1.1 (c) (i))
  • Offside Rear Inner wheel arch badly repaired not structural
  • Nearside Rear Service brake binding but not excessively (1.2.1 (f))
  • Front Sub-frame corroded but not seriously weakened (5.3.3 (b) (i))
  • Nearside Front Shock absorbers has a slightly worn bush (5.3.2 (c))
  • Offside Front Shock absorbers has a slightly worn bush (5.3.2 (c))
  • Play in steering rack inner joint(s) ()
  • Parking brake requirements only just met. It would appear that the braking system requires adjustment or repair
HUGE LIST!

Where do i start?? What would you be most concerned about.

Thanks,
 

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Brakes and brake pipes. No brakes = no van to wrry about if you have an accident!
Then I'd give the whole suspension set up a going over.
MOT testers will mark down corrosion for surface rust - doesn't mean it's about to fall apart but it'd be advisable to treat/clean/paint the various components whilst you're under the van.
 

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As above regarding prepping and painting the hopefully surface rust.

But apart from that its not that a bad list to sort out.

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Check the brake pipes because somebody might have just covered them in grease in the past to prevent corrosion.
I've done this myself and then been flagged up on mot.
The tester is not allowed to wipe/clean anything to see what's going on under the coating.
If you're lucky the pipes might only have mild corrosion which can be sanded with sandpaper and painted. Should last a few more years.
 

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Jet wash or steam clean the under body.

Also, find a less pedantic MOT tester


EDIT - a good tip for future is to make sure the underbody is scrupulously clean then spray it with white or grey stonechip or hammerite in white or grey.

Sounds like a lot of your advisories were for surface rust.
 
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