MOT time


MOT – easier said than done for tuned Japanese cars

One of the main issues, come MOT time with tuned Japanese cars are often the emissions. In order to pass the emissions test, I needed to fit a Catalytic converter. I managed to source one online for around £130, but there was no guarantee it would pass. Luckily the cat brought the emissions under the limit and it was signed off. If you’re in the same situation check before ordering a cat that your exhaust is not a single piece from the manifold back as you will have to swap the entire exhaust system or cut it to fit a new car. Luckily mine unbolts where it has a decat pipe and was an easy job to swap for the garage.

As the car had never been fitted with a rear fog light since being imported, it would not pass without one. Again I’m not sure how this has ever passed the 3 or so previous MOTs in the country but heigh ho!The garage wired the button in very neatly just in the recess below the steering wheel. I asked them to wire it into the rear light cluster, as I hate seeing the foglights cut and placed into the bumper or hanging down like an afterthought.

Job nicely done, I was issued with one of the new style white MOT certificates – making it much harder to find in future when filed in a service history folder amongst all the other white paged receipts!