Originally Posted by Litcagral
....... although yes - it is reasonable to fail it considering it says so in the manual.
I'm not questioning the integrity of the testers (the manners yes) - I'm questioning the ridiculous detail of the test.
Thanks again for the replies.
Based on some of the items I read here and elsewhere, some of these testers would fail you for having dust in the ashtray.
I wouldn't like to show up with some of things I have driven successfully for years.
eg, engine bay moved across about 2" after a side impact on the front. Incidentally, even with the chassis bent over, I was able to align it so I could break in a straight line, hands off the wheel, and it did not wear the tyres to one side or another....Aligned it with a pair of planks and a level.
Ignition wires no longer going to the key (as they melted) but routed to a light switch and a door bell (push button start, way ahead of my time).
Bath-tub silicon sealing a stone hole in the headlight, a whole lot of that plastic junk never replaced after replacing the gear stick and linkages and the ECU lying on the floor under the passengers feet, replaced it, but too difficult to get back up under the dash.
Anyway, I'd fix the tie rod bit, part of the steering rack, could be expensive to replace.
As for the rubbers, switch the brake and clutch or rotate them around, just to change the view.
"Not amber enough" a bit vague to say the least, is there a specificaton for the amber required, to which they can refer you.
Some lens get washed our, so are made that way. ie, I've noticed in EU cars with read fog lights sold here, (VW and Audi mainly), and as often as not the clown driving the car does not know they are on. However, the color of the brake and the fog tend to be different shades of red, even though the bulbs are of the same specification. ie 21W
And turn a hairdrier on them to dry them out in advance. Maybe a film of clear silicone caulking about the seam might help also.
Re the broken plastic bit falling off at 120km/h, sure, but there are a lot more incidents of bales of hay, rocks, liquid slurry, grass, grain, cement and wheels falling off vehicles and more lethal than a bit of a plastic bumper.
I tend to agree with you that some of the stuff they bring up is carp and nothing to do with roadworthiness.